You gotta pick your days for fishing this time of year. Between the months of December, January, and February, days with highs in the 30’s, combined with calm winds are few and far between. When we do have days with those conditions, you’ve got to jump on your opportunity to fish. For me, I like to watch the overnight low temps. If there’s a streak of two or three days with overnight lows in the 20s or 30s, fishing can be surprisingly fun in the dead of winter.
16 years ago when we struck out to fly fish the Madison River on New Year's Day I had no idea where that crazy idea would lead us... Since then it has become a Dilschneider/Trout Stalkers family tradition to fish the Madison on January 1st, and at least attempt to catch the first fish of the new year. Fishing for me is certainly not all about a bent rod. But New Year's Day is a little different. It's about one fish. Just one. I am proud to report that we/I have succeeded in that goal every year since then, including yesterday January 1, 2016.
The wind has been wicked in the Madison Valley lately (blowing 40 as I type), but it has also been relatively warm this week with temps in the high 40s. So yesterday Nick, Justin, Kris and I jumped on the opportunity to do some winter angling and headed up to $3 Bridge around noon in the hopes of finding some lighter winds and cooperative trout. We found both!
After another great season on the Madison we are finally rolling into the take-out. And this has been one helluva year! #GRATEFUL
The last few days on the Madison River has been "Heaven on Earth," these are the September days that really make you appreciate just being here. The fishing is on the way up with fish attacking streamers (multiple days have landed fish with fishtails sticking out of their mouths), on the super sunny days like this balck is working best for the streamers. Trevors, sculpzilla and buggers have produced those bigger fish but remember at this time of year even the super small bugs (18s & 20s) can get it done!!!
Swing by the shop to see out MVPs for which flies.
Madison River Fishing Report 9/17/15
Top Trout Stalker Jumpin' Joey Irons demonstrates how to launch a drift boat at Canaday Bridge on the Lower Madison River. "Don't try this at home!!"
Where: Slough Creek - Yellowstone National Park
When: August 14-17, 2015
Who: Tim Beardsley, Outfitter - Adventures Outfitting along with 8 guests: 4 Dads and their 11 yr old children
Best Gear: 3, 4, & 5wt rods, Patagonia Sweet Pack Vest, Simms Wading Sandals, YETI Hopper (for the beer), Scott Radian 9’ 4wt rod. SA
Best Fly Patterns: #12 Morrish Hopper, #14 Cinnamon Para-Ant, #16 Black Yaeger’s 409, #14 Grey Drake Spinner, #16 Quigley’s Crippled PMD Emerger
One of the many great things about being in Ennis is the ability to fish whenever you get a chance, even if it just for a few casts. The Madison River offers amazing fish in some of the most unique spots, some of the runs or holes look like they wouldn't even hold a 6 incher and BAM giant browns! This amazing fishery will surpise you at all times and on more than one occation humble even the best of us. After working almost 10 hours in the shop and constantly dreaming of fish, Stew Lewis went out and stung this beauty 21" Brown Trout in some of the skinniest water out there. These are the ones that keep you coming back.