|Mike McDonnell fishing the Madison River|
At the beginning of the month, I was up in Yellowstone, fishing some of the most famous trout waters of the West. There are enough miles of trophy trout streams in the area to last one a lifetime. During the week I was there, I fished the Madison, the Henry's Fork, Grebe Lake, Cascade Lake, Hellroaring Creek, and Slough Creek.
While fishing these streams, my friends and I stayed at Kelly Galloup's Slide Inn, which is between Last Chance, Idaho and West Yellowstone, Montana. Slide Inn is also on a prime stretch of the Madison River. Galloup is a famous streamer fisherman with numerous patented patterns to his credit. For Virginia fly-fishermen, Galloup has fished Mossy Creek and suggested some killer streamer and terrestrial patterns for our spring creek. The "Zoo Cougar" and "Wooly Sculpin" in black should imitate the sculpins found there.
If you are ever out in Yellowstone country, I highly recommend Slide Inn. Kelly is in the fly shop in the morning to help you select the right patterns and techniques for a successful day. The cabins are nice and feature good views of the Madison and the neighboring mountains. The price--$120 a night for a 2 bed cabin with kitchen--is very good as well.