Dec…2016. Winters can be tough around here. Some critters don’t make it through. Found this one today…birds and coyotes had it picked clean.Since this was a whitetail buck in his prime, I would suspect something other than old age, disease or starvation lent to his early demise.
Christmas Day, 2016…RBMF Base Camp.
December 19…2016. A River Runs Through It…the Ennis Campground, that is. 20 below zero weather and the Madison River gorges up, running over its banks and going wacko wherever it wants, flooding out the campground and running over towards O’Dell Ck. and then down through Valley Garden…wild scene.
Oct…2016. Found this “Headway” bong in the river today…it was in pretty rough shape…broke in half…had a few caddis larvae and midge pupae hanging on to it…they seemed real happy!
Sept. 15…2016. Had some good fishing with Wallace on the flats…went 10 for 11 on rainbow in the morning…nice work on the O-Leech!
River is running with low flows…697cfs out of Hebgen Dam…860cfs at Varney…this is the shallowest it has been all year, making for easy wade fishing and some dry fly fishing in the afternoon with hopper and attractor patterns.
Waters temps range from low 50s in the morning to around 60 degrees in the afternoon.
The weather forecast for the next week looks good with cool nights and sunny days in the mid-70s. Indian summer!
Late Summer…2016. Ants, hoppers, baetis and night stones on the river…leeches, damsels, tricos and callibaetis on the Flats…a lot to look forward to!
my Deer Hair Callibaetis Spinner
Hook: Mustad 94840 dry fly, size 12
Wing: mule deer flank hair, stacked & tied spent wing
Body: Fly Rite #19 light tan dubbing, extra fine
Tail: blue dun hackle fibers, splayed
my Callibaetis Emerger
Hook: Gamakatsu L10-2H nymph 2x strong, size 12
Body: Borden’s Hare-Tron #4 golden brown dubbing, picked
Rib: gold wire
Tail & beard: drake mallard flank fibers
Head: peacock herl, no bead
my O-Leech pattern…size 12 is best
Aug. 28…2016. A beauty of a brown trout today for Dr. Jerry Bell…caught on the Foamy Ant!
Dr. Jerry Bell
Foamy Ant #14
Aug…2016. Great seeing old friend AJ “Fat Boy” DeRosa. AJ is the owner/outfitter at Jackson Hole Vintage Adventures…check out his website…a unique outdoor experience.
Aug…2016 Summers Farm & Ranch…two generations of fly fishers and great Idaho potatoes!
Bert Summers with a fine Madison River brown trout.
Danny Summers 1955-2011
Aug. 4…2016…Big release at Hebgen…1550cfs out of the dam…flows are strong…water temps hanging in there: 59 deg. at Varney this morning…Bear Trap is rolling…weather is hot and dry…entire Jefferson R. closed to fishing…we are lucky here on the Madison…I think.
Aug. 1…2016. The 20/20 Club.
If you can catch a twenty inch trout on a size 20 fly you are in the Club. Not many can do it. A lot of stuff can go wrong. But every once in a while a plan comes together. Welcome Raney Sachs to the 20/20 Club…well done Raney!
July 20…2016. Callibaetis in town…tricos, too. Flats alive with risers…water temps: 64deg. South end…72deg. North end…hot and glassy!
Sculpins are canniballistic. Males are known to eat their young if one contracts some kind of virus or fungus. The males also eat small females. Therefore older females are usually chosen for mates over younger females.
June 24…Whopper brown today for Dylan C. on the bullet-head sofa pillow…22 incher…nice!
June 19…Good morning on salmon fly nymphs
June 18…Excellent on the Flats before the wind came up…seven trout all on the O-Leech..six bows and a brown…quite a few fish rising to a tiny midge/chironomid. The salmon fly hatch came and went in a hurry over on the Big Hole. Headed out to look for big bugs on the Madison today.
JUNE 13, Great day on the river with Elise and Byron…caught 10 nice ones to 18″…we floated the Lyon to Palisades stretch. River is green and very fishable…running 1050cfs at West Fork…Squaw Ck clear, Standard Ck. clear, Horse Ck. clear, Moose Ck. clear, Wolf Ck. clear…Hebgen Dam is buttoned down to 663cfs…expect an early salmon fly hatch this year…
mushroom photos by Randy Brown
2016 Fishing Season
To all the good labs…past, present, future.
Toots The Wonder Dog