We weren’t going to let the boys have all the fun on the river, so Dede and I decided to have our own fishing fun. Dede has fly fished before, she has fished and caught sharks. As for me, no previous experience, other than fishing with my dad which required placing worms on a hook-not exactly my cup of tea.
We scheduled a 1/2 day fly fishing float trip with a guide through The Tackle Shop. Our guide, Mike, met us at 7:00am at the fly shop. We drove about 40 miles to our starting point.
Before we put in we learned to cast (on dry ground). It was so much fun! The motion of fly fishing is rhythmic and the motion feels almost natural. After some practice time we boarded the boat, Dede took the front position and I was in the back. Soon we were fishing and not only fishing but we were on the Madison River and it was pure beauty. We stopped a few times to change flies since the fish were not biting on the flies we started with. I guess this is pretty common. It sometimes can be difficult to find the “right” fly the fish will feed on. Shortly after the fly change I had a bite and landed a fish. A fish, a fish, a fish-my first fish. It was a white fish which is native to the river and once I could actually see it I got pretty excited. As Mike our guide says-“the tug is the drug.” This was the only fish I caught and it didn’t matter-I was hooked. I can’t wait to go out again, there was a peacefulness being on the water. Next time i want to be in the water.
Dede had luck as well, she caught a brown trout and she, too, will surely be back on the river.
It was a great way to end our vacation and time together.
Ennis, Montana is a wonderful town. Full of life, good energy, nice people, and beautiful surroundings. We already know we will go back next year. We hope our friends Foster and Cathy might consider picking up a Yukon and Airstream in Bozeman and joining us, as it is a special place. A crazy good breakfast spot at the Pharmacy-yes the Pharmacy. There was a farmers’ market, many bars, restaurants and great shopping. It fit all our needs and then some.
Thanks Montana-you gave us some amazing memories, fun times with friends and the introduction to a new sport. We will be back again.
Some more pictures of Ennis and the Madison River…