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Madison Brown







Here is a bank sipper from a recent foray to the Madison.  A few caddis were drifting on the surface when I arrived in mid-afternoon.  Not a huge hatch, but enough to get my attention, and that of some fish too.  This fish showed itself.  I missed it, put it down, rested it for a while.  When I returned, it was back, rising, picking off the occasional caddis.  A few drifts later it exploded on my fly.  I might not get a better one this year, at least not on a dry.    

So, what was the fly du jour?  Lately I've taken to tying a variety of parachute type caddis. Anything that might be more visible is just fine for my aging eyes.  They are ties of Mike Lawson's EZ Caddis. You can see him tie the fly here. I've tied pink posted ones, some with white posts, some with a combo of pink and fluorescent yellow, black too.   A tan hackled, orange posted one got this brown.  















And, since a brown trout from the Madison River was the star of this post, I thought it appropriate to include a link to a song titled, Madison Brown.  After all, what fisherman doesn't like music?  How about a little fishing music?  This album, along with a companion, has been out for a while.  It's great listening.








 More info is available at:          www.fishingmusic.com




Have a listen......







And then I let her slip away.......














Comments

  1. I added the link to Mike Lawson tying his EZ Caddis an hour or so after the initially posting this. He talks in a calm folksy manner that I find most enjoyable, and there's lots of great tips for tying and fishing. It's worth watching.

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    1. Yes Satoshi, it sure was, especially on a dry fly. I see that you did pretty well too when you fished the Madison.

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    2. Lester
      The Madison is one river I've always wanted to fish; was in Montana last summer, but never go close to the Madison.
      Fantastic brown you landed there, in fact might be worth a dry mount. Really impressed with the flies, like the color combo, which is a great attractor---been missing your post--thanks for sharing

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    3. Unfortunate that you didn't get to fish the Madison. It seems that you had a rather whirlwind tour on that trip. Next time you'll have to wet a line.

      I appreciate your sentiments regarding my missing posts. I've struggled with trying to come up with something personally meaningful and entertaining for all as well.

      Thanks again Bill, and catch a few bluegills for me too.....

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    4. Lester
      Any fishing trip you post from Montana is always interesting--I wish I had access to some of those fantastic waters you fish there!!

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  3. Very nice brown there, Les, and those parachutes make sense to me. As for fishing music, I'll stay with birds and frogs, if possible, though I'm game to listen to human attempts... Maybe if Eno produced an ambient "Music for Brook Trout Fishing"....

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    1. Walt, as you well know, parachutes make good indicators. And, if the fish eat 'em, so much the better. I usually trail a midge or some sort of emerger off of the back, depending on what else might be drifting in the current.

      And, thanks for expanding my music horizons. I had to look up Eno. I don't think that he's a bluegrass kind of guy though.

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  4. Les: Tried posting 2x this week and it wouldn't take. Hope this gets through. Great brown on dry...a fish like that makes a season. Also, great pics of flies...professional looking.
    bob

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    1. Hi Bob, I take it that it's raining up your way this morning too. It was a nice brown, great eat too. I really like tying parachutes. Now it's up to the fish to do their part and eat them......

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    2. Les: Yes cloudy and rain last 2 days..flows are up. Going to check and see if things are fishable today. I'm usually on the Mo this weekend. RS2 is a great simply fly and sometimes saves the day on picky fish that won't take on top. Great posts and fish. look forward to your next trip to the Missouri.
      bob

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