Looking upstream at Reynolds Pass.

Upstream, downstream, river left, river right.  It really doesn’t matter cause its all good.  The Madison River has some of the best, if not the best access of all large freestone rivers in Montana.  This is the spot where I learned to fish dry flies on large western rivers.  That was back in 1992 and we fished hoppers.  Today, was one of the finest dry fly days I’ve seen since Salmonflies…..and I had the day off!  Fishing along side Professor Olsen and my father, we worked our way upstream fishing ants and hoppers.   Between the three of us, I bet we rose 60 fish in 3 hours.  I hooked one brown in 5 inches of water that exploded on the fly and scared the shit out of me.  Of course I was expecting something to eat my fly, but this fish was huge and was sitting in a super shallow fast riffle.   Only hooking it for a few seconds, I quickly realized this this ride was gonna be a short one.  That brown bent out the hook of a #10 Hopper.   The Madison is fishing really well right now………