Bob Jacklin’s Madison River Monster Brown Trout

Bob Jacklin landing a 10 lb 32” monster brown trout while fly fishing the Madison River near West Yellowstone, MT. Can you imagine?

Why We Fly Fish

Is it the ever so slim chance of catching a phenomenal trophy brown trout on a size 14 nymph like Bob Jacklin’s fish of a lifetime or it is something more? Most people I know don’t get fly fishing and can’t understand why I stand in a river for hours waving a stick only to come home empty handed. If you are reading this, you understand.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Bob didn’t go home empty handed. He retired that old general he eased into his net and rightfully so. I don’t know how old that crimson and gold beauty was but I doubt he was long for the world and a fish like that only comes around once.

Listening to “If You Ever Get Famous” by The Duke and The King on the ride home tonight reminded me to not get too caught up in life and take time to enjoy its’ simple pleasures, like wetting a line on a fine trout stream with the hopes of catching that fish of a lifetime.

Fly Fishing Madison River

As part of our continued coverage of fly fishing in America’s national parks we’ll be taking an in-depth look at fly fishing the Madison River and the bounty of rivers in southern Montana and Yellowstone National Park.

Stay tuned…

Ken Sperry

About the author

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and find new places to fish. He created DIY Fly Fishing to help you do the same.

Get Directions to the Best Places to Fish in America!

Check out our interactive map of over 30,000 of the best places to fly fish in the US. Get directions to access points, boat ramps, and real-time USGS stream flow data. 

Get App