Upper Madison: The flows for the Madison continue to drop each day and we are almost to the point of being at historical norms. Clarity is improving daily and the river has started to fish very well. While nymphing remains the most productive method of fishing, we have been having some great days fishing caddis to rising fish in the wade section. Evening time has been most consistent for this, but we have had fish rising as early as 8:30 in the morning and continuing throughout the day. Look for these risers in any calm pockets you can find along the banks. From a purely fish-catching perspective, it’s tough to beat this time of the season. Make sure to get down there soon if you can!
Flies: #15 CDC & Elk Caddis, #14 Elk Hair Caddis, #8-10 Rubber Legs, #12 CDC Red Tag Jig, #14 Olive Bullet, #16 Iron Lotus
Hebgen: The lake continues to fish very well and we have had some banner days out there. You can find and fish to risers on the calm mornings, but fishing a couple of chironomid nymphs under an indicator is still the most effective tactic. You could also fish a chironomid nymph under a dry for the best of both worlds. You can give it a shot pretty much anywhere on the lake, but we have been focusing our efforts along the north shore and recommend that you do as well.
Flies: #14 Snowcone, #16 Peacock Chironomid, #16 Turkey Callibaetis, #16 Pheasant Tail
Madison: The water levels and clarity have improved substantially in the past week and the fishing has been getting more consistent. Salmonflies and caddis will keep things interesting on the surface, but nymphs and streamers will still be the most effective methods.
Flies: #8-10 Razorback, #8-10 Salmonfly Chubby, #14 Elk Hair Caddis, #12 Rainbow Czech Scud, #14 Orange Bullet, #6 Sparkle Minnow, #6 Zonker
Firehole/Gibbon: Fishing has picked up quite nicely on the Firehole with fish rising to White Millers and some PMDs. If you get over there and don’t find risers or find yourself between hatches, swinging soft hackles or leeches will keep you in the game. You can also fish some salmonflies in Firehole Canyon and on the Gibbon below the falls. Even if you don’t see many naturals in these sections, the fish are definitely looking up for them.
Flies: #14 Tan Spruce Moth, #16 PMD Parachute, #8-10 Razorback, #8-10 Salmonfly Chubby, #12 Partridge & Green, #12 Partridge & Orange, #14 Partridge & PT, #8 Simi Seal Leech
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A non-guide perspective on when to fish around West Yellowstone