Bozeman Fly Fishing | First Fish of 2018!
Yesterday marked my first day on the water here around Bozeman in 2018 and my first fish was a decent Rainbow of about 16” on the lower Madison. Much better than 2017, when my first fish of the year was a sickly little Whitefish – the only fish to hand for me that day in fact. Sure, we have had some miserable, chilly winter days around Bozeman, but things are starting to turn, as we get deeper into 2018. The fishing should only get better from here on out as Midge hatches become more prolific with mild days ahead.
The lower Madison River was in surprisingly great shape yesterday for the first fish of the year. I expected to see some ice still around, but it was mostly gone and never an issue in terms of being able to fish where I wanted. The rig was a standard one for me – in fact the flies were pre-rigged and discovered in the rear cup holder of the Suburban! Crayfish and pink worm, of course, with a BB split shot a foot or so above the crawdad on a 5’ overall nymph rig. The water was cold, but clear and fish were holding in the deeper buckets.
All in all, it was a great day to get out of town for a few hours and tight to a few of the awesome trout around Bozeman. Even after living here over half my life, I still can’t get over how cool it is to be able to go out and catch fish in one of the premier wild-trout water found anywhere in the world. Yes, this Bozeman fly shop life is quite “Bueno” at times for sure.