So many questions! We got you covered here.
Many of our guests fall into 2 categories. The first is: "I've never touched a fly rod before." Or, "I've done it a few times." Visiting the Madison Valley and fly fishing is sort of a "When in Rome" type of thing. That's why we're here.
Personally, I love beginners. Great listeners, fewer bad habits, and everything is a teaching moment. They're clay and we're the molders. I can have a beginner fishing just how I want them pretty darn quick. It's almost as if all of their apprehension about going on a guided fishing trip is relieved once they hit the water and see for themselves how fun, streamlined, and simple the whole thing is. That answers the most common question: Do you take beginners? Absolutely.
Much of this pre trip apprehension comes from simply not knowing way more than they feel comfortable with. Are we going to be in boats? What do you do when it rains? What do I bring? Where do we meet? So many questions, so much anxiety. It doesn't need to be stressful, it's fishing. The questions we get are all the same, especially the most common ones. So, here is a short list of the most common with some explanation.
When should I come and what your operating season?
I fish 12 months out of the year and fishing can be excellent in every month. Am I going to be in a drift boat in February all day? Probably not. Many boat launches are locked in ice and fish aren't as spread out in the river in winter, meaning fishing by foot is most effective. I'm probably going to be doing half day wade fishing trips higher upstream on the river where water temps are more stable and less ice. A little counterintuitive, but that's the effect a dam will have on a stream. From March through September, drift boat full day trips are the bread and butter. Yes, it's beautiful in July and August here, but you're going to see fewer people in the shoulder season months like March/April/May. So, you should come fishing when you can. When is my favorite time to fish? That's a tough one. But fishing a single dry fly in July and August is my favorite type of fishing so that would be my favorite time because there's a wide variety of dry flies available on the entire river and all the lakes are all experiencing some sort of hatch to target during this time. Second would be winter. It's a different kind of beautiful, but solitude is more easily found, and the fishing is also typically very good. Obviously, more layers are required, but it's a fun adventure. I like to hop from spot to spot in winter. Fish a bit in one spot, hop in the truck and warm up while driving to the next spot. These are mostly half days because, well, daylight is shorter in winter.
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