Musings and other mental wanderings from inside the Tackle Shop in Ennis Montana
Terrestrial season on many western rivers is just getting going. When most think western terrestrial fishing they think Hoppers. When hoppers are in abundance they are a great food source for trout when not much else is hatching mid summer. A few tricks and you will master your Hoppertunity.
Are there caddis on the Upper Madison River? Absolutely they showed up about two days ago and are popping off at a good pace. Have we seen the rafts of caddis that is so popular with this hatch this time of year? Nope not yet. Is is t a dry fly all day thing? Not even close. We have been picking some up on dry flies in the evenings once the sun has gone behind the horizon. This will change. Give it a few days. We are in the start of the hatch now and in a few days things will look better for the dry fly huckers.
Subsidized winter fly fishing trips for troubled Montana Trout Bums or HB 5678 is in front of the Montana Legislature this session and we ask everyone to support this.
A short video from our guided fly fishing trips on the Madison River and all over Montana from 2018. If you would like to be in next years video just give us a call.
Well today is the first day of November and Main street has a lot more trucks pulling horse trailers and side by side then it does drift boats. As I sit here and eat whatâ€™s left of the Halloween candy I canâ€™t help but wonder what now. November can be a hard month for the trout angler. It seems too early to hang up the waders and hibernate next to the fire. But on the cold days afield you canâ€™t help but feel like someone at a party that has over stayed their welcome. November still has some fishing to offer and with most of the outdoor force looking to fill their freezers one can find plenty of solitude on the water. The key to fishing in November is planning.
God I hope heaven looks like Montana in September. A prayer I say often and truly believe. Montana comes into its own in September and shows her best self. It has forgot the cold and snow of last winter, the refreshing rains of spring have brought life to the landscape and it has marinated in the summer sun to produce a perfect golden product. The rivers are veins of life flowing through a dramatic landscape. The September Montana I know is as close to perfect as one can imagine.
We will again be Kicking Plastic on all of our guided trips this year.