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Fall Fishing!

October 1, 2014

As the calendars turns to October, the chill in the air reminds us that fall really is here. Unusually heavy fall rains have the flows up a little bit on the upper Madison. Fortunately, neither the clarity nor the fishing have suffered from the increase in cfs. Lots of water means healthy fish, and the river is in great shape!

Cooler water temps have the trout on the chase, and streamer fishing is picking up nicely. Try a variety of retrieve styles and speeds as well as switching colors regularly until you find the right streamer combination for that day. Nymph fishing has been consistent with small flashy bead head patterns either trailed behind a streamer or in a more traditional indicator set up. The terrestrial fishing of September might be all but a memory at this point, but cold fronts and cloudy days can bring about great blue wing hatches providing some exciting late season dry fly action.

October 1, 2014 River Flows
Kirby 1200 cfs
Varney Bridge 1460 cfs
Beartrap Canyon 1940 cfs

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

If you are in town, stop by the shop and ask us about the right bugs and stretch of river. We’ll hook you up with the best of both. We guarantee we have the best and most innovative patterns you’ll see anywhere!

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