Gallatin & Madison Rivers,
Tuesday, September 5, 1995
Met up with Paul and John Singer at Chico Hot
Springs. Paradise Valley sure is worthy of its name. Over
the past 4 or 5 days they had had great luck fishing the
Yellowstone, Slough Creek, DePuy's Spring Creek and the
Gallatin. We relaxed for a while in Chico's springs and went
to bed early.
Wednesday, September 6, 1995
Got up early and began driving to Little Bear
Guest House near Gallatin Gateway. Before checking in, we
fished the upper Gallatin right near the Yellowstone Park
border. It had deep, undercut banks, several channels and
flowed through a meadow. I caught three or four smallish
trout. Paul caught a few more. John caught two. None of us
thought the fishing was all that great. The weather,
however, was great.
Page and Cindi Dabney own the Guest House. It's
located right behind their house. Page is an Investment
Executive with D.A. Davidson. They're great people and run a
very nice place.
Thursday, September 7, 1995
Got up early again and headed out for Ennis and
the Madison River. We fished for a while downstream from
Varney Bridge. I caught one brown and one rainbow in the
island area. Paul caught the same in the same area. John
spent the entire time under the bridge. I don't think he
caught a thing.
Paul and I talked to an old guy from Florida who was
house sitting up on the hill. He was an Ernest Hemingway
look-alike and told some good stories.
Paul caught a nice rainbow under the bridge and I
caught a whitefish. Later, we drove up to the 8-Mile Ford
and fished there. The water was one long riffle here, much
like right at Varney Bridge, but some islands and channel
water were upstream. I didn't catch anything, Paul caught a
few whitefish and John caught none.
Friday, September 8, 1995
On my last day of fishing, John insisted we
return to the Gallatin. We went in the canyon area and found
some OK water. I caught one, Paul caught 4, and John caught
a bunch of micro-trout and some larger whitefish. It also
rained and thundered quite a bit.
I spent more time drinking beer in the car than
fishing. Paul was about half and half. John just
We later had dinner at Mackenzie River Pizza and I
drove home to arrive in Great Falls at midnight. Had a good
time talking with Paul. John was a pain in the ass half the
time and fun the rest of the time.