I won’t see a day this good on dry flies for a while….it ranks right up there as one the best days ever on the Madison when the big bugs are out. Yesterday and the day before showed moments of greatness, but the river gave us a show today. We got on later than yesterday as the morning temps were super chilly once again, 30 degrees when I stepped out of the house. That’s pretty darn cold for July 1st. Water temps the past couple days in the morning have been very cold as well, temping out at 46 degrees as I launched the boat off the trailer. This morning was a little warmer, but with no clouds to speak of and the sun shinning down, the river warmed up quickly and fish begin to look up for the big fly. There was a light north wind all day that kept the bugs flying and moving upstream. Egg layers were out and sitting over the river…….Big Bugs were on the water.
Angling like this is not an everyday affair here on the Madison River, but every once in a while, shit falls into place just right and we have a banner day with large trout eating dry flies in all the fishy water. The Madison rewards skill and on days like this, the better one is as an angler, the better the fishing can be. Tomo could stick the fly inches from the bank and drift it for twenty feet. He could drift the fly in the middle of the river for what seemed like eternity. When the fish ate, he let it, then set hard, stripped line like a pro and calmly played the fish rarely losing his cool. He believed in what he was doing and with three days on the water, he got in the groove – when the fish cooperated, Tomo didn’t miss a beat. I absolutely love watching someone fish with skill.