|.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
I am calling this series Yellowstone Journals and Additional Information. It is a collection of a
rambling mixture of experiences on the streams with some notes, tips and additional
information thrown in. Some of this comes from my video tape logs (record of video shot)
and notes made on my daily note books.
Fly Fishing the Upper Madison - Part 12
There is another group of insects that I haven't mentioned in the articles about
the Madison River in the park and that is the terrestrials. Grasshoppers, ants
and beetles are very important on the river because of all the meadow sections.
We show these three insects to be a factor on our hatch charts from about mid
July through September. We have found that the grasshoppers are still hanging
around during the month of October. I have even found them there after it had
snowed lightly a couple of times.
From about the middle of August through October, depending on the weather,
the hoppers are very plentiful throughout most of the river. We have a couple of
"Perfect Fly" grass hopper flies that we have found to be effective.
Copyright 2009 James Marsh
"Perfect Fly" Green Hopper
"Perfect Fly" Dave's Hopper
The Foam body Hopper comes in several sizes and three colors. The Dave's
Hopper is our version of this famous fly. Both of these have proven to be
effective on the Madison River as well as the other streams in the park.
The Japanese Beetle is our own "Perfect Fly" creation that we think is the best
beetle fly there is. It is very realistic, floats very well and catches trout. It is very
durable and proven effective the last two years on the Madison River during
September and early October.
"Perfect Fly" Japanese Beetle
"Perfect Fly" Carpenter Ant
"Perfect Fly" Hard Body Black Ant
"Perfect Fly" Flying Ant
These three ant
patterns are our own
"Perfect Flies". Our
Flying Ant is the best
we have ever seen or
fished. Our Carpenter
and Hard Body ants
are more realistic than
others. They have
three tails and three
body parts like real
ants unlike most other