August 20, 2018

Hoppers, ants and sculpin patterns have been providing the most entertainment as of late. Water conditions are ideal for late august. The air quality has been a nuisance though. Local fires continue to burn, but apparently they are moving a bit slower thanks to some favorable weather conditions and hardworking fire fighters.

Hopper and ants remain the goal for many anglers right now. Some humid conditions should have those ants flying in the afternoon. The key is a good drift. Get those flies set up for a clean drift along the edge of the buckets. You can find fish spread out right now. Don't overlook the really shallow runs and of course the deep buckets. Classic dries are also a good option. The Parachute Adams, Royal Wulff, Trude and Humpy are great choices. Your 4WT and some long 5X will get you the drift you need to turn the bigger fish.

The streamer bite has improved as it normally does this time of the year. Fish are chasing sculpin patterns in the AM hours. Something with a natural coloration in black, tan or olive will work. Shiny synthetic patterns are also a good option when the sun gets up.

Nymphs always seem to work. You should plan to go a little smaller though this time of the year. #12-#18 is a good range. Try a Copper John, Prince Nymph, lil' Spanker, Lightning Bug or Show Vac.

-Parker

Upper Madison River Flows near Cameron, MT

 

Upper Madison River Water Temperature near Cameron, MT

Lower Madison River Flows below Ennis Lake Near Mcallister, MT

Water Level Graph for USGS Station 06041000 Source

Lower Madison River Water Temperature below Ennis Lake

Water Level Graph for USGS Station 06041000 Source