Every now and then I get to leave the drift boat at home, stretch my legs and guide on my feet. This week I got to do this twice. Friday I fished with father and son team, Joe and Jess, on some amazing private water that The Bozeman Angler has access to. Though the trout provided non-stop action, the most memorable part of the day was the nasty rain / hail / thunder / lightning storm that blew in and forced us to take shelter under a giant rock wall.
This past Tuesday I wandered over to the upper Madison River with my client, Randy, to walk the channels and braids and avoid playing bumper boats with the anglers looking for the giant Salmon Flies. We didn't see any of the big stone flies, but we did find PMD's, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, and Caddis. The first half of the day we stayed subsurface and stuck a hand full of nice fish but the dry fly fishing after lunch was non-stop. Randy tossed an Elk Hair Caddis most of the afternoon and rose almost every fish he threw at.