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Terrestrials & Streamers!

August 19th, 2015

Cooler morning weather over the past week has made for some really good streamer fishing for the first few hours of the day. Zonkers in pearl and copper size 6 and 8, sculpzillas in olive and natural size 8 and Trevor’s sculpins in olive, natural, and black in size 4 have been the star performers.

As for dry flies, the action has been more terrestrial with good fish coming up for medium sized foam body hoppers like Yeager’s hopper, or Pav’s yellowstoner in sizes 8 and 10. Flying ants are becoming more prevalent as well in both black and cinnamon. I like parachute ants in black size 16 or CDC ants in cinnamon in either a 14 or 16. Attractor patterns like royal trudes and Wulffs will also garner some attention. Sub surface, I find it easier to go hopper dropper as opposed to a full two nymph setup based on the lower water, lightning bugs in silver and gold sizes 14, 16, Hare coppers in chartreuse/black or pheasant tail in 14 and 16, and tungsten nymphulators in 16 have been very reliable recently.

The Lower Madison from below Ennis Lake Dam to the confluence with the Missouri is still on the hoot owl restriction and is closed to fishing from 2:00 PM until midnight. Make sure you are up to date on all current regulations and closures, call or stop in the shop if you have any questions.

Call 800-227-7127 or stop in the shop for information on river float times and walk/wade restrictions in certain sections. We hope to see you soon!

MADISON RIVER FLOWS- August 19th, 2015
Hebgen Outflow 910 cfs
Kirby-West Fork Bridge 1,200 cfs
Beartrap Canyon, below Ennis Lake 1,320 cfs

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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