If you had the good fortune to fish the Madison in 2004 then you
how great the Madison River is fishing in recent years. Our memories
filled with reflections of shared days of chasing trout, enjoying
having a great time with friends. Yes, if one could be satisfied in
respects, the Lady Madie certainly has been quite obliging.
June saw the Madison in great shape all month long. The West Fork was
for a few days, with river right fishing well down to Windy Point as
fish were keyed in on stone fly nymphs, flash back pheasant tails,
serindipities, and lightning bugs. We experienced some excellent dry
as well. The salmon fly hatch was in full swing by the third week
by giant golden stones, yellow sallies, little olive stones, and
very much look forward to June and all she can provide.
The dry fly action was really heating up by the first of July. The
were pretty much over around the 4th or so. With giant golden stones,
sallies and PMDs making a showing, we were soon asking, "salmonfly
were also thick and plentiful all month. The fish made use of the
hatches which in turn made the fish happy, and it is to my
understanding that a
happy fish is a fat fish. You really don't think they buy into that low
thing, do you? The month of July was certainly an accurate gauge for
fly action still to come.
The hopper fishing got it going on in August. It was just plain crazy
In the right conditions it could become downright unbelievable. Fishing
Madison in August 2004 should be the benchmark for hopper action. That
about all that needs to be said for such a memorable month.
September is always one of my most favorite months to be on the
past year was no different. It starts to cool down, the temperature,
fishing. The foliage changes to shades of yellow, orange, and red.
There is a
crisp feel to the air and the trout know that now it the time to forage
make the most of the season to prepare for the coming winter. Hoppers
were on the menu and the diners came to the table with a healthy
The season was just about done in October. We had some beautiful Indian
days that were enjoyed and appreciated by all. The browns were
streamers and nymphs being their target. We were also
coax a few to the surface with hoppers and stimulators on warm
bite was generally a more narrow window, usually during the warmest
At this time of year we look forward to the 2005 season. We have had a heat wave (in the 40s) the last week or so of January and this gets us in the fishing mode. Fish have been sippin midges on calmer days in the slicks. Fishing fever seems to hit with the rising temps. We expect "winter" to make a return soon and bring us back down to reality. The season really gets going the third Saturday in May when the Madison opens to fishing below Quake Lake. Come join us this season for what should be another great year!
George Jones with a beautifully marked June rainbow
Taylor German stepping up to the plate...
...with a couple of beauties.
Joe Moore and big bad Conner with a big bad brown.
Gus, Bryan Baird and myself with one heck of a brown
Goose with his 21" atonement... right Goose?
Becky Thomas and what you come to Montana for.
Chris Laclair connects with a September rainbow.
Dan Price returns in fine form with a nice brown.