Driftin' & Dreamin' Fly Fishing Blog
Do you have a drift boat and fish the Upper Madison with any regularity? What’s that you say? No and no? Well, we can remedy at least the former with one of our brand new drift boats in stock from RO, which would likely solve the latter.
I digress. Recently, I helped a fellow and his son in law at the shop with their pruchase of a used drift boat. The day finally came when they secured their previously owned and well-loved drifter and were off to McAtee Bridge for their inaugural float on the Upper Madison. The text I got back from them when they reached Varney read “Sweet river. Super fast. How the hell do you stop in the river without bashing your boat?” Great question. My response simply read, “Welcome to the Madison.”
Join the Trout Stalkers crew from 10AM to 4PM on Saturday May 6, as outfitter and entomologist Dr. Mike Bias breaks down the Madison River's aquatic insects. This workshop is designed for anglers and is meant to be comprehensive, and not intended for young children. The cost of the trip is $50 and lunch will be provided. Meet at the Ennis Public Library and don't forget to bring your waders! Sign up below or give the shop a call at (406) 682-4293.
It’s all downhill from here folks. Although December 21st marked the beginning of winter with the Solstice, today officially marks the middle of winter. So, we thought this would be a good time to provide you with some interesting notes about how our January winter conditions compare to long term averages (thanks to our good friend Tom DiMeola), and the phenomenon that occurs on the Madison, locally known as “the gorge.”
Montana winters can be long and hard, but they are much more tolerable if you have a plane ticket or two to the tropics. This year my family decided to break with tradition and forego a white Christmas for a trip to a fishing lodge in Belize! It had been almost 30 years since my last trip to Ambergris Caye and had yet to visit the stalwart Belizean lodge: El Pescador.
I’ve heard and read for years that El Pescador is a good family destination and wanted to see for myself. When I asked my daughters Elina (13) and Noni (11) back in September if they wanted to skip the Christmas tree and all the gifts this year in favor of this trip, they leapt at the idea with great enthusiasm. ‘Nuf said!!
As fly anglers we are not generally disposed to do things the easy way. Our sport isn’t generally about efficiency. Part of the draw is in the difficulty of the doing rather than the attainment of the goal (such as it may be). Whether we choose the presentation of dry flies as the epitome of our art, dragging streamers for the drug of the tug or drifting bead heads under bobbers we tend to choose our preferred technique based on personal preference rather than efficacy. At least more so than other forms of angling. If all we wanted was to catch fish a worm would do nicely.
Do you ever wish we had a fly fishing President? With the 2016 Presidential Election looming on the horizon, it’s become apparent that none of the candidates are addressing their fly fishing experience. We here at Trout Stalkers are fed up with the absence of fly fishing as a key topic of discussion during the recent debates. We know it has been on all of your minds, so it’s time to clear things up. This guide is meant to define what type of fly fishermen (or woman) the current candidates are to help you make a more informed decision this November.
The only fly fishermen that don’t love flats fishing are those who haven’t tried it yet. It is one of the greatest things in the sporting world, and just what the Dr. ordered on the heels of another Montana winter!
In recent years most of my friends have been taking salt trips to Mexico, Belize, Bahamas and now Cuba. I am fortunate to have traveled extensively in all of these places many times (except Cuba) and they are all wonderful destinations for flats fishing that offer plenty of angling opportunity in addition to a cross-cultural experience.
But don’t forget your Keys!
Justin Edge demonstrates how to tie his Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph, a.k.a. The Turd