Jun 30, 2022
Our destination is the famed Madison River in Southwest Montana with veteran outfitter, Dave Kumlien, founder of Montana Troutfitters. Southwest Montana is chock full of world-class water and the Madison River just may be the crown jewel. Designated a Blue-Ribbon trout stream, the Madison has it all--large trout and high fish counts, prolific hatches and incredible scenery, and of course the famous 50-mile riffle!
Dave gives us the low down on the Madison from top to bottom and provides a unique perspective from his nearly 50 years of guiding and fighting for anglers, guides, and the rivers we love. Stories of Mother’s Day Caddis “snakes”, giant fish in Hebgen Lake, the great fishing below Ennis Lake, and the real story behind Montana’s stream access laws and the growth in angling pressure.
This show was recorded end of May before the historic Yellowstone floods of 2022. With host, Steve Haigh
Pictures of the Madison River and Dave’s top fly picks: @DestinationAnglerPodcast on Instagram and Facebook
About Dave Kumlien
Top flies for the Madison:
Midges -- Dry Fly-Griffith’s Gnat 18-20 Nymph-Zebra Midge black size 18
BWO--Dry Fly-Olive Sparkle Dun #16 Emerger Batwing Emerger #16
Caddis -- Dry Fly-Elk Hair, Peacock, Henryville, Hemingway caddis Pupa-Partridge and Peacock soft hackle 12-14
Salmonfly -- Dry Fly-Flutterbug and Macsalmonfly Nymph-Pat’s Rubber legs black 4-6
Hopper -- Dry Fly Dave’s Hopper, Morrish Hopper 6-8-10
Nocturnal Stone -- Chubby Chornobyl gold size 8 Nymph Pat’s Rubberlegs gold and tan size 6-8
Fall Baetis --Same flies in smaller size #18
Streamers--JJ’s, Platt River Special, Grey Rabbit Sculpin, Crayfish, Flashabuggers Sizes 2-8
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Recorded May 25, 2022. Episode 68
Music on the show by A Brother’s Fountain, “Hitch Hike-Man”.
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