Longer nights and a recent cool down have resulted in some decent productive on the Lower Madison River. As nights continue to grow longer water temperatures should become even more favorable in the weeks ahead. If you opt to fish the Lower Madison, hoppers, crayfish, sculpins and small attractor nymphs can all produce. The hopper window will be short lived but still worth while on warm afternoons. The tiny beatis or "psuedos" are also an important hatch on the Lower Madison. These tiny mayflies can bring decent trout to the surface in the late morning and early afternoon. Even when trout aren't rising, when you see the psuedos the activity level often perks up as fish feed surbsurface.
The Month Ahead:
The Lower Madison should continue to fish great as we move deeper into fall. Expect to find trout becoming more and more concentrated in holding buckets as water temperatures drop.