I’ve fished in Montana twice. If you ever get a chance to go, just do it. Suck it up, make the trip, save up beforehand. Montana is just special: incredible mountain views, wild trout, cold water.
One my best fishing weeks ever involved wading the Upper Madison River. Priceless.
So, I say all that and include the video above. I’ve never been for the famed salmon fly hatch, but the above video captures would it could be like. Big bugs that bring out the big fish. 20″+ fish, that normally hide during the day, are out to get big globs of protein–and, you get them on dries (more here).
I’ll be back, Montana. I’ll be back.