In spite of spending most of my life in Montana, I had never fished the upper Madison River until last week. Turns out, I was missing out on a prime stretch of water simply because I was worried about crowding. The Madison is legendary among fly anglers. It draws lots of fishermen and women from out of state. But the stretch above Lyons Bridge is open to wade fishermen only, so it’s easier to dodge the crowd. Last week we floated this upper stretch, stopping to fish, and got into some nice browns and rainbows. The water has dropped considerably since then, but word is the fishing is still good, and the salmonfly hatch should be on its way.
To read more about this famed river and my trip on it, see my story in The Billings Gazette at: http://bgz.tt/3q4sb