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al simpson

We have arrived in Montana, where we will spend the summer. This evening, I cast my first fly of the summer!

This is salmon fly time on the Madison, and fishermen are flocking to the sections where the big flies are hatching. So, I took a contrary approach, and went a bunch of miles downstream from the salmon fly action. The evening caddis hatch was heavy, mostly tan, size 14, but mixed with black, size 16. The only rising fish I saw were small, but fishing a soft hackle, I found a number of good fish, 15-18 inches, feeding just below the surface.

It made for a great evening!