This summer we took our ’85 VW Vanagon on a bit of a journey through the Rocky Mountain West. Between Montana, Idaho, and Colorado, we added a few thousand miles to the speedometer, replaced a few crucial parts, tilted *slightly* off axis, and even hosted a rodent companion for a night (sorry Andrew). In its most honest definition, we truly embraced the trout bum lifestyle. From fast-paced high mountain streams in Colorado, to the majestic Madison River in Montana, we got a taste of some of the finest trout fishing in the west. While the fishing was, well, incredible, it’s the people and communities whom we shared these experiences that made it not only possible, but unforgettable.


    Our next stop took us on a bit of a drive to the small town of Ennis, Montana. If you were to take the words "classic western trout fishing town", an image of downtown Ennis would surely come to mind. With the historic main street packed with multiple high caliber fly shops and a larger-than-life bronze sculpture of a fly angler and trout greeting you on the way in, it really is picture perfect. In short time we were getting geared up to head out with Finn, John, and Pete from Madison River Fishing Company for an evening float on the Upper Madison. Weather looked iffy, but we decided to go for it anyways.

    While we waited for the guys to finish up at the shop, Andrew and I headed just out of town to get a little Trout Spey session in. Didn't manage any fish in the hot sun, but the cool water sure felt good and we never complain about getting some two-handed casting practice in.

    The piercing sunshine quickly turned to dark clouds and pounding rain as we rendezvoused with Finn, Pete, and John. Luckily, the rain broke shortly after we got on the water.

    For one reason or another, we just couldn't buy a bite on top. We quickly switched gear to a PAYLOAD 689-4 and IGNITER 690-4, both rigged up with sizable streamers. It took some work, but Pete finally got it done with a nice rainbow to hand towards the end of the float. With thunder booming off the hillside and lightning flashes in the distance, the boat ramp was a welcomed sight despite the streamer action heating up. All in all it was a great day in prime trout country and a fun time with new friends.

    Stay tuned for the next installment of our Trout Season Recap.