Fish Tally…1980s.

I kept daily logs of catches made on my float trips. The 1980s was the peak of the wild tour/catch and release era on the Madison. Numbers of rainbows and browns reached nearly 10,000 fish per mile in stretches of the upper river. I found this catch tally summary...

April 22…2021. Madison Flats.

What do larger brown trout eat on the flats in the spring? Stomach contents from a 19″ male fish caught yesterday tell the story. Five small crawdads, a black leech, a worm, a baby rainbow trout and half a stone fly. These larger fish are on the feed after ice...

Kill ’em and Grill ’em.

It’s been a long time since killing and eating trout was a thing…at least on the Madison River. Nowadays, catch and release is a way of life, especially with the fly fishing crowd, and many rivers have a “no kill” stretch, or “barbless...