As Dan Greene and I launched our boat into a rainstorm yesterday evening after work, we knew that a rainy opener would certainly mean good fishing on the Upper Madison. Over the past week, the water visibility has diminished to about a foot, but the fish are still eating. I started off the evening while Dan rowed with a #18 Flashback Olive Micro-mayfly dropped from a #8 Delektable Flashback Megaprince. After three fish on, I switched to the rower seat and watched Dan crush cookie-cutter rainbows on a #4 Delektable Megaprince and #8 Delektable Olive Hurless Stone. Once in sight of the car, we pulled the boat over to wade-fish, and this is where we had the most success. With the low visibility, it pays to fish each run methodically. We were able to pull 2-3 fish out of each hole with about 10-20 casts in between each fish. Dan Greene caught the fish of the day, an 18” brown on a #4 Delektable Megaprince, solidifying the day’s lesson, “Go Big!” Though tired, wet, and cold, a successful opening day left Dan and me with ear to ear smiles as we pulled into the boat launch at around 10:00 P.M.
John and Dan