Madison River Fishing Report 9/17/15
Fall has arrived and as we write this. A cool, windy rain settles over the Madison Valley for a few days. The elk are bugling and the browns are getting fired up for their big time of year. It’s a great time to be in Montana. Water temps continue to trend downward and the bunny fur bite has been on. Black Trevors, Sheila’s, Olive Sculpzillas trailed by Delekta Spanker are a sure fire way to dredge up fish this time of year. These streamer patterns are also very effective fished under an indicator and dead drifted. The terrestrial game is still relevant on the right days (sunny/warmer). Chubby Chernobyl’s (skitter those things across the surface), double flying ant/beetle patterns etc. Chucking bobbers around with two nymphs and some split shot is, and always will be a great method on the Madison. A girdle bug and Baetis nymph in a size 18 is going to be a mainstay nymph rig for many folks this time of year. Micro-May Baetis patterns (olive/black/sz 16-18), especially on cloudy and humid days, are coming back onto the scene strong and are already will start picking up more fish as the menu changes.
The Lower Maddy is also back in play now. Flows are good and the fish are taking Claws-R Crayfish, green girdle bugs, PT nymphs, Micro-May nymphs and Hoppers on the sunny days.
Streamers - Sheila, Trevor, “The One”
Nymphs - Coffee/black Girdle Bug, Extended body caddis, Tangerine egg, Beadhead micro-may, CDC loop wing Baetis
Dries - Yaeger’s ant, Chubby Chernobyl, Amy’s ant, Parachute BWO, Guide-Chute Adams