Spent the last four days with some awesome Father and Son clients Jamie and Nigel from the UK. Two polite and friendly englishmen who have been planning a trip to Monatana for many years and things finally came together this week. We were able to explore lots of the area's different water from floating the Upper Madison to some private creeks and lakes. Really cool to see a 75 year old man's eyes light up with joy when he caught a trout on his first, second, and third cast of the day. Even though i've grown up in Montana and fished these waters since i was a kid it never gets old showing what Montana has to offer to people for their first time out. Somehow we managed to escape all the nasty weather going on lately and find nice little pockets of good weather and good fishing so the fishing gods must have been smiling on us.
Also been finding some new fly patterns this year that have been working wonderfully on our trout the first being the Sure Strike Tungsten nymph from Dan Delekta. This heavy nymph gets down quick and easy on those fast deep runs mid valley on the Upper Madison and works great in the bigger size 12 for your march brown nymph.
I keep tweaking the dubbing twist zonker pattern that i've been tying and think i;ve got it down to a solid effective producing fly. If your interested in tying some yourself check out the tying tutorial video here
If you can't find time let me know and i can whip up a custom order for you!