Upper Madison: It’s a good time of year to be on the Madison! Runoff is finishing up and the river is just about back to running clear. Flows out of Hebgen Dam have been gradually increasing the last few days, and fishing has been pretty good out there. A double nymph rig is still your best bet if you’re looking for numbers, but fishing attractor dry flies or a big chubby chernobyl has been finding some nice fish as well. Be on the lookout for PMD’s in the earlier hours and then caddis in the afternoon/early evenings, and maybe even a few stoneflies cruising around in some lower sections of the river.
Flies: #8-12 Sili Leg, #10-14 Biot Golden Stone, #16-18 Lightning Bug, #14-16 Shop Vac, #16 Krystal Dip, #16 Olive Hot Spot Perdigon, #16 X-Caddis, #16 Missing Link Caddis, #16 Purple Hazy Cripple, #8-12 Tan Chubby Chernobyl, #12 Pink/Yellow Chili Dog
Hebgen: Things on the lake have picked up a bit over the last week, and it sounds like the fishing has been getting better out there. Nymphing chironomids under a indicator has been most productive, but as always stripping leeches or buggers can be worth your time. On calm mornings look for fish rising to chironomids and maybe even a few Callibaetis.
Flies: #12 O.S Opal Buzzer, #16 Pheasant Tail, #14 Olive/Red Nugget, #8 Olive or Black Simi Seal Leech, #8 Olive or Black Hot Bead Goat Leech, #8 Thin Mint, #6 Black/Olive Flash Bugger
Water Temps on the Firehole and Madison have been too hot for ethical fishing, time to find somewhere else to fish and come back during the fall once water temps cool back down. The Gallatin in YNP is a good option this time of year. It’s running pretty cold so waiting until the afternoon for things get warmed up is your best strategy. Nymphing, attractor dry flies, and caddis and PMD hatches are in play here. The Gardner is another option that can be worth checking out, look for PMD’s Caddis, and a few stoneflies. A chubby chernobyl with a heavier nymph dropper would be a solid combo over there.
Flies: #14-16 Parachute Adams, #16 Purple Hazy Cripple, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 Front End Loader, #14-16 Royal Wulff, #12-16 Purple Chubby Chernobyl, #16 Shop Vac, #16 Olive Hot Spot Perdigon, #16 Holo-Point
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