Upper Madison: We have yet to hit full runoff conditions on the Madison. Flows remain steady out of the dam, but the water is definitely coming up a bit each day. At some point within the week we could see things really get going if the weather stays warm, but then again the weekend is calling for cooler temps and rain again, so stay tuned and keep an eye on the flows. Not a whole lot has changed when it comes to the fishing. Your best bet for catching fish consistently throughout the day will be nymphing with large stonefly nymphs and smaller mayfly nymphs. Fish have still been consistently holding in the slower pockets along the banks and behind rocks. The one more notable change that we have seen is that more fish are looking up and taking the chubby in the dry dropper rigs we have been fishing, especially along the banks.
Flies: #8-10 Sili-legs, #12-14 Biot Golden Stone, San Juan Worm, #14-16 Frenchie, #14-16 Red Neck, #16 Black Lightning Bug, #16 Guide Dip/$3 Dip, #16-18 DOA Baetis Cripple, #16-18 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #12-14 Royal Chubby, #12-14 Peacock Chubby
Hebgen: The lake continues to fish awesome on calm days. The fish rising to midges have still been pretty sporadic but if you can find a pod of fish rising it can provide you with a few looks. We have also had a few more fish starting to take stripped leech and woolly bugger patterns. That being said, the most effective method is still drifting chironomid nymphs under an indicator. We are still focusing most of our efforts along the north shore of the lake.
Flies: #12 Sno Cone, #16 Zebra Midge, #10 Simi Seal Leech, #8 Jig Bugger
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Firehole/Madison: The Firehole continues to fish well. Baetis and PMD emergences in the late morning and early afternoons have provided some good dry fly fishing opportunities as have White Miller Caddis, especially during the warm and sunny afternoons. The wet fly fishing has been fantastic as of late. On many of our of recent trips, we have been able to tie on a diving caddis and pretty much leave it on all day long. Swinging a small leech has been effective as well.
Flies: #16-18 DOA Baetis Cripple, #16-18 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 PMD Cripple, #14 Tan Spruce Moth, #16 Tan X-Caddis, #12 Partridge & Green, #12-14 Partridge & PT, #14 Tan/Olive Diving Caddis, #10 Simi Seal Leech
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