It was a spectacular New Years Day in the Madison Valley. In keeping with our 14 year family tradition we set out with some good friends in pursuit of the first trout of the year. I'm happy to report that it was a resounding success! We drove up to $3 bridge and saw hundreds and hundreds of Elk along the way. When we arrived there it was about 15 degrees above zero, with blue-bird skies and blazing bright sun. Kids and dogs all frolicked and played as we hiked from the highway down the snow-packed trail to the river.
Rigged with a #10 black Pat's Rubberleg Nymph and a size #20 Zebra Midge, it didn't take long to catch the first trout of 2015 (pictured here). But we didn't stop there... In a single hole we hooked about 15 nice fish, all Rainbows. A good time was had by all!
Fishing should be productive up there around $3 and Raynold's bridge for the next couple of months until that section of the river closes to fishing on March 1st. At that point, we tend to shift our focus to the Varney stretch and the Lower Madison.
Here's wishing you a wonderful, happy and peaceful 2015 with many days on the water!!