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Streamer Fishing!

October 21st, 2014

What a beautiful Fall it’s been on the Madison this year. Warm weather and calm sunny days can really make going fishing a pleasure. The bright sun has slowed the mid-day streamer fishing a bit, but the fish are still chasing early and later in the day. Try using something flashy and/or white on the brighter days if you’re having trouble turning fish on the darker patterns. Nymphing has been the most consistent method especially through the middle of the day. Medium sized dark stonefly patterns like black and brown rubber legs in size 8 have been one of our go to patterns. Often running a two fly nymph set up can be effective. Trailing small red copper johns and red lightning bugs or small midge nymph patterns like root beer flashers in size 16 and 18 are all working well.

There has also been a lot of late afternoon and evening bug activity. These hatches have been a little hit and miss, but can provide some of the seasons best dry fly fishing if you hit them right! The baetis hatches can be standard bwos in sizes 18-20, tiny pseudos in sizes 22-24, or a combination of both. Be sure to diversify your dry fly box so you can match the hatch if you find one!

October 1, 2014 River Flows
Kirby 971 cfs
Varney Bridge 1160 cfs
Beartrap Canyon 1380 cfs

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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