Upper Madison: Hoppers, beetles, ants and small nymphs continue to be the ticket on the Madison right now. The terrestrial bite should remain strong as long as we keep getting warm sunny afternoons. The nymph bite continues to be good throughout the day, and will be your best bet in terms of numbers. It could be worth your time to head between the lakes and throw some streamers around.
Flies: #10-12 Grand Hopper, #12-14 Thunder Thighs, #16 Arrick’s Ant, #16-18 Red Neck, #16 Olive Biot Czech, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Guide Dip, #16 Green Machine, #16 Black Krystal Dip, #16-18 Black/Green Lightning Bug, #18-20 Zebra Midge, #6 Sparkle Minnow, #4 Meat Whistle
Hebgen Lake: The Callibaetis are still showing up in good numbers on Hebgen. The trick has been finding mornings when the wind stays down long enough to fish them. Cold mornings often push activity until late morning or early afternoon most days, by which time you usually are getting blown off the lake.
Flies: #16 Turkey Callibaetis, #20-22 Trico Calf Wing Spinner, #16 Pheasant Tail, #16 Callibaetis Sparkle Dun
NE Corner: Drake Mackerels have been coming off strong on a daily basis and have been providing some great dry fly fishing. Terrestrials such as ants have still been working well, but it has definitely been getting more difficult to get these fish to commit to eating a hopper at this point in the season. A tungsten head dropper has been effective if needed.
Flies: #14 Slough Creek Cripple, #14 Slough Creek Comparadun, #10-12 Thunder Thighs Hopper, #10-12 Parachute Hopper, #14 Bogus Beetle, #14-16 Arrick’s Ant, #14-18 Royal Trude, #14-18 Parawulff, #14-18 Rusty Spinner, #14 Red Neck, #14 Orange Bullet, #16 Olive Czech Biot
Fished Slough Creek last week (Sept. 5 – 7). Landed 18" Cutthroat, 24" Hybrid and 18.5" Hybrid along with smaller cutthroat and rainbow trout. The Green Drake emerger produced best the first couple of days. But on the last day, the 24 incher took my custom Green Drake adult dry fly. If you provided an email address, I’ll send you the photos.
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