The rivers near Big Sky and Bozeman are buzzing with a fresh energy as winter snowpack melts off the mountains and aquatic insects like Mother’s Day Caddis, Skwallas, March Browns and baetis can be found on most of our local rivers. If I had to choose one river to fish for the next two months it would be the Upper Madison, hands down.
Fish are feisty, fresh and eager to eat.
The bright green valley butted up against majestic snow-packed peaks and a river running through it. A fly fisherman’s dream. On a given day you can fool a trout with streamer, dry and nymph. The fish are big and healthy and you always have the chance of hooking into a fish of a lifetime. Keeping it on will be the biggest challenge.
And some days you feel like you have it all to yourself.
My dog loves it too. He has wide-open spaces to run freely and chase ground squirrels. Nothing beats the look of a happy dog, tongue hanging out and a dirt-covered face.
And, it only gets better as spring fades into summer...by late June when salmonflies come out to play. Watching a 20’ brown trout annihilate your hummingbird sized dry fly on the surface and than having it tear downstream like it’s on a mission headed to the Gulf of Mexico.
I could keep going, but back to the grindstone. Maybe tomorrow?