June is flying by…sort of like my driftboat on our big rivers.

by | Jun 29, 2009 | 0 comments

p1010023.JPG  JT with a Mo River Brown…a standard 20 incher

This past week was spent guiding on the Missouri for 3 days and then the Madison for 3 days.  Both rivers are flowing huge and I am beat.  Back up to the Missouri tomorrow for 6 days…..and some dry fly fishing.   Rowing the Madison at anything over 1900 cfs is a serious work out. …add the flows of the creeks and it gets much bigger.  At these flows, I make one stroke of the oars every other second – all day long.  Sure there are a few pauses between oar strokes which are longer, but not many. At that rate, one will make about 14,400 oar strokes per 8 hours on the river….yes we do actually work.

YEP……there are salmonflies on the Madison River.  I floated from Varney to Town today and had good fishing with rubbers leg stones, #12 PTs, and #12 Sally nymphs.  I did see the big bugs, but only about a half dozen flying in the air. There are not many nymphs in the grass hatching, but the rocks just off the bank are full of them…..any day….any day.   I actually saw a trout eat one, then promptly threw dries for 40 minutes and not even a looker……we went back to nymphing and continued to hook nice brown trout. 

p1010009.JPG  Molly & I floating the Madison.