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Prospecting In Fast Water (11 of 14)

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We're here on the Gallatin River, just upstream of Big Sky, Montana. Beautiful, crystal-clear stream that starts in Yellowstone Park. The water isn't too high; it's clear. I know a fish can see a dry fly. Never fished here before, so I'm going to start with a pair of dry flies. A stimulator, big stimulator, to imitate maybe a stonefly or one of the grasshoppers there, and then an EleCare caddis to imitate the spruce moth which has been flying around and gets in the water quite a bit. So we'll poke around in this little pocket here and see what happens.

What I'm doing here is just hitting all the little pockets that look good, a couple casts in each spot. I'm not going to waste a lot of time here. In front of rocks is a good place. Along the side of rocks. Places where I can see the bottom deepens a little bit. And especially along the bank where the water slows. Fish in meadow streams like this often slide right up into the shallow water on the bank to feed, looking for grasshoppers, ants, beetles, things like that.

Oh, ho! The fish aren't really where I expected them to be today. The fish are all over in the shallower water instead of in the deep slot, which tells me there might be a bigger fish in the deep slot, but not coming up for the dry fly. Oftentimes, when you fish a new stream like this, it takes you a while to figure out where the fish are laying, so you have to really poke around and do a lot of prospecting with the fly. Pretty little rainbow trout. Also took the EleCare caddis.

Thank you, buddy.