We’re in Big Sky Country! Today was preceded by a
780 mile drive from Woodland, Washington
on the 4th of July.
Fortunately we arrived at our Bozeman KOA
campsite at 7:30PM the night before so
we both got a full night sleep. We
our guide Tim Schwarze of Greater Yellowstone Flyfishers in Bozeman
at 8AM. We first
learned that we needed to change our
river of choice for the day. We
spoken 8 months ago about the possibility of needing to fish the Madison versus the Yellowstone
because of possible high
waters this time of year on the Yellowstone. Fortunately, 5 years ago I
rivers back to back and wasn’t at all bothered by the change
– in fact, I knew
we would have a better chance of catching a big brown on the Madison
especially the lower Madison
this time of year.
We arrived at our boat launch spot
around 9:30AM and set out under deep blue skies.
In fact, this day marked our 26th
straight State without any rain to hamper our journey.
Tim rigged us up with a large indicator fly
and small #18 dropper nymph.
It took about 30 minutes to get
our first fish – the notorious Montana Bonefish –
or whitefish. Tim
was hoping we could avoid this fish as it
is often considered a trash fish by many.
I for one just enjoy catching fish so when Taylor
landed him I was happy we had one in
The day was marked by some nice
again, caught the big one of the day
– a 19 1/2” Rainbow.
I caught a
respectable 19” brown. Between
caught 18 fish for our four hour float – not bad –
we were happy.
I nearly fell out of the boat on
one big brown hookup. The
the boat as they usually do, taking all of the tension out of the line. I quickly found out you
can’t strip fast
enough sometimes and it doesn’t help to walk backwards out of
the boat. Too bad
we didn’t catch the moment on video
though – it was a good laugh.
On the way out of Bozeman
on our way down to Island Park, Idaho we had
rare I think – we’ve
only ever seen Moose in Maine.
We arrived in Island Park
around 7PM and had a relaxing evening.
Tomorrow is an afternoon float on the famous
Henry’s Fork of the Snake
River so we have time to do some laundry and Taylor is
really looking forward to sleeping
in for the first time in nearly 4 weeks.