Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Oldredbarn on Sep 30, 2009September 30th, 2009, 7:23 am EDT
You have some very nice photos for the den there! They remind me of a trip I made to Montana in 1995 where the fishing was so good I swore to myself I'd be back every year. Here it is 2009 and I've only made it back once in 2004. I'm just a poor "wage-slave" these days instead of a troutbum.
That last photo really brought back some memories of a couple nights on the Madison near the $3.00 Bridge.
I had booked, about a year in advance, a day on Armstrongs. I was sitting on the bank on the Madison trying to get myself to drive back to Ennis so I could get up early the next day for the drive over by Livingston.
I had a wonderful day of fishing and as it started to head towards evening I looked up and just above the shrubs along the bank there was a cloud of Caddis flying around. Then they moved out over the river and then a few started to leave the cloud of bugs and land for a bit on the water. A few short moments later there were wonderful rolling rises everywhere.
I remembered what a friend had told me before I left for out-west, "Don't leave fish for fish." I said to myself that sleep really didn't matter, I had come here to fish to rising trout and they were rising, and stayed and fished through till they stopped feeding, headed back to Ennis with a smile on my face, dreaming of how nice it was going to be at Armstrongs the next day.
It is truely hard to beat fishing out there as your photos attest!
Way to educate some fish!
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively
"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood