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Friday, 14 October 2016 12:12

Madison River Montana Trip Report August 2016

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Cindy and I took a trip to Montana the first week of August. We spent four nights with Kelly Galloup at the Slide Inn and had two float trips during our stay there. Then we went to Ennis and had a two night stay and one day of guided fishing at the Rainbow Valley Lodge.

The trip up there was an adventure for sure. We had decided to break up the drive into two days so we stopped in Elko Nevada and spent the night. The next morning I got up and showered. When I went to get dressed, I found that I had not packed any underwear. DOH! Off to WalMart we went. Three hours later, and several stops later, we got on the road to Montana. We were chased across Idaho by a thunderstorm and pummeled by rain at times. We pulled into the Slide Inn Late on Saturday evening. The thunderstorm let up not long after we arrived so we were able to unload without getting drenched. It made for a beautiful sunset.

The bed was a little small for the two of us, so I ended up letting her have the bed and I put two sleeping bags and some spare blankets down on the floor for me to sleep on. Well, either there is a ghost, or the door wasn't completely latched, but about 4:30 in the morning the front door of the cabin blew open really fast. Normally I am a sound sleeper, but I woke when that happened. I think I crapped myself so hard I levitated off of the floor about four inches!  Nobody there, must have been a draft...  Scared the heck out of the two of us though.

Gary and I decided to try our luck on the North Fork of the Mokelumne on the afternoon of Friday Augst 7th.  We drove up Highway 88 and then down a freshly chip-sealed Ellis Road.  I guess some of the fine PG&E paid regarding the Power Fire is being put to good use.  We found a spot to park and then started making our way down stream.

We worked downstream for an hour or so without so much as spooking a fish.  The flows were around 19 CFS.  Gary checked the water temperature and found it to be 66F.  We decided to head back to the truck and move further upstream to find cooler water.

After moving upstream to a spot that I have had good luck at in the past, we finally managed to find some fish.  We actually landed a few as well.  Gary was fishing a tan size 12 Adams and I was using a tan size 14 EC Caddis.  Gary landed more fish than I on this trip, with a final count of 7 to 4.

This was a good reminder to check the water temperatures and fish where the temperatures are more ideal.  At the second location the temps were running around 60F and there were actually fish present.

The fish were a mixture of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout, with the largest fish being about 8".


My friend Gary and I fished Indian Creek Reservoir on 7/31/15.  We fished from just before 10 AM until 4:30 Gary landed 7 fish, I landed 9.  All of our fish were caught in the deeper end of the lake near the dam.  

The hot flies were a pheasant tail and a hare's ear, both around size 14-16.  Both of us caught a few cutthroat trout in the mix with the rainbows.  The weather was very unpredictable with the wind changing directions over and over.  There was a little rain, though not heavy.  Air temps were in the 80's, a nice break from the 100's we were seeing ont he other side of the hill.


The Amador Flyfishers and the Calaveras Fly Fishers held a joint outing to Heenan Lake on Saturday October 11th.  

There were quite a few members and guests present.  There was a large crowd there when I arrived at about 9:30.  Looking towards the dam when I was heading out I saw 17 people between myself and the dam.

I down the west side of the lake back to the area that I had done well at the trip before.  

I fished Heenan Lake with my friend Gary on Sunday 9-14-14.  We got on the water around 3:00 PM hoping to catch the evening bite.

There were two other anglers fishing near the boat ramp.  One of them tied into a fish right as we got onto the water.  I thought that was a good sign and was hopeful that since we pretty much ahd the lake to ourselves we would have a good evening of fishing.