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General RegionMontana
Specific Location Flowing water
Time of DayEarly afternoon
Fish CaughtAbout 100 wild fish from 15" - 23.5"
Conditions & HatchesPMD's, tan caddis, some Tricos.

Details and Discussion

WbranchSeptember 29th, 2009, 4:47 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Very good fishing the first four days, then it got tougher and tougher. I think the second day my buddy and I landed close to fifty fish 17" - 22" all on dries.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
OldredbarnSeptember 30th, 2009, 11:23 am
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608
W Branch,

You have some very nice photos for the den there! They remind me of a trip I made to Montana in 1995 where the fishing was so good I swore to myself I'd be back every year. Here it is 2009 and I've only made it back once in 2004. I'm just a poor "wage-slave" these days instead of a troutbum.

That last photo really brought back some memories of a couple nights on the Madison near the $3.00 Bridge.

I had booked, about a year in advance, a day on Armstrongs. I was sitting on the bank on the Madison trying to get myself to drive back to Ennis so I could get up early the next day for the drive over by Livingston.

I had a wonderful day of fishing and as it started to head towards evening I looked up and just above the shrubs along the bank there was a cloud of Caddis flying around. Then they moved out over the river and then a few started to leave the cloud of bugs and land for a bit on the water. A few short moments later there were wonderful rolling rises everywhere.

I remembered what a friend had told me before I left for out-west, "Don't leave fish for fish." I said to myself that sleep really didn't matter, I had come here to fish to rising trout and they were rising, and stayed and fished through till they stopped feeding, headed back to Ennis with a smile on my face, dreaming of how nice it was going to be at Armstrongs the next day.

It is truely hard to beat fishing out there as your photos attest!

Way to educate some fish!

"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
Al514September 30th, 2009, 4:26 pm
Central New York

Posts: 142
Sweet pictures, Matt. Im heading out that way next summer and seeing these pictures just got me dying to get out there!
Shawnny3October 6th, 2009, 9:12 am
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197

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