2018 RV Adventure travel blog

Fall Creek is part of the Lower Madison River at Bear Trap...

Weed Free Idaho & Montana? Really!

Madison Dam is a four-unit hydroelectric plant on the Madison River about...

Madison Dam on the Madison River created Ennis Lake. Steel flowline to...

Original pipeline/flowline was made of wood.

Madison Dam water from Ennis Lake.

The steel flowline runs 1.4 miles to the powerhouse.

Below Madison Dam starts the Lower Madison River as it winds through...

I'm looking for VOLUNTEERS!

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Lower Madison River of Bear Trap Canyon

Looking down Bear Trap Canyon

Looking down Bear Trap Canyon

Looking down Bear Trap Canyon. Power lines from powerhouse

Looking up the Madison & Bear Trap Canyon

Madison River @ Varney Bridge

Madison River @ Varney Bridge

Madison River @ Varney Bridge

 

Madison River @ Varney Bridge

Madison River, smoke in the background from the Wigwam wildfire

Wigwam wildfire started from lightning stike Saturday night the 11th. Pic taken...

Madison River near Earthquake Lake

Madison River near Earthquake Lake

Madison River near Earthquake Lake

Madison River near Earthquake Lake

Major Earthquake (7.5 Magnitude) occured Aug. 17, 1959

Three Dollar Bridge over the Madison River

 

 

 

Three Dollar Bridge over the Madison River

Looking upstream of the Madison from Three Dollar Bridge

Three Dollar Bridge over the Madison River; looking downstream

Looking upstream of the Madison near Three Dollar Bridge

Looking upstream of the Madison near Three Dollar Bridge. Fly Fisherman on...

Fly Fisherman

I see you Mr. Trout

Let me get on this rock.

Come on now!

So, you want to play hard to get. Watched him until he...

See ya!

Looking upstream of the Madison; smoke from the Monument wildfire West of...

Mighty clear, for a river

Looking upstream of the Madison. Smoke blends into the clouds, sort of.

Looking downstream of the Madison. Another fisherman?

Yes sir. He was moving upstream, in and out of the water.

 

I can't go home without a fish. Mama is hungry!

SMILE, your on candid camera!

 

Looking downstream of the Madison River

Back upstream

Oh, by the way, THIS is BEAR COUNTRY! Yes, I carry Bear...

The Wigwam wildfire about 15 miles south of Ennis. HH is at...

Wigwam wildfire started from lightning stike Saturday night the 11th. Pic taken...

Taken from US Hwy 287

Check out website: inciweb.nwcg.gov. Keeps me informed of all wildfires.

Madison Mountain Range behind (East) Ennis Village RV Park. Nice view!

Madison Range was named after Secretary of State James Madison by Meriwether...

Fan Mountain (10,312 feet) is a prominent peak of the Madison Range...

A cold front came through on the 27th, we got rain and...

The very next day, SNOW melted into the Creeks/Streams & eventually the...

Fan Mountain is SNOWLESS!

Snow be GONE! I didn't miss the snow or the COLD TEMPS!

Small town USA, BUT, Ennis has 3 Fly Shops

The Tackle Shop, Fly Shop #1. Notice the the giant “hand-tied” Royal...

Madison River Fishing Co., Fly Shop #2

Trout Stalkers, Fly Shop #3

Ennis High School Mustangs. Guess Trouts would be to FISHY!

Fly Fishing is the life line, just a little joke, of Ennis....

Fly Fisherman

Fly Fisherman in bronze

The MAIN Street is just that.

Notice the string of pack mules on the front of the Ennis...

 

 

 

 

Lucky me, I got to take in the annual Fly Fishing &...

Fly fishing arts & craft vendors, casting clinics, seminars & FOOD!

Festival was hosted by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce

Camp Bullwheel's non-profit goal is allowing the physically disabled to still be...

The Tackle Shop sponsor booth.

 

Professional Anglers/Authors were on hand to sign books and answer questions.

 

Snake River Net Co. They made beautiful handcrafted wooden nets.

The craftsmanship and detail was priceless. Well lets just say NOT FREE!

Make a great Christmas, Fathers Day or Birthday gift. BUT, hang it...

Fishing the Madison River Seminar, kept my attention.

Questions & answers session by Speakers John Juracek & Carl Mathews, local...

Casting demostration also kept my attention.

Casting demostrator, sure made it look EASY!

Hands on casting clinic did not disappoint.

This guy adjusted his casting technic.

He was a happy student. Look out Madison Trout!

The festival was held in Peter T's Main street park

Peter T's Park's Metal Sculptures of Cowboy Jake, his horse & elk...

Cowboy Jake has stopped to readjust the elk quarter from his successful...

Will Mama Grizzly charge Cowboy Jake! Metal sculptures tell a story.

 

Cross-country & down hill ski fence.

Cross-country & down hill ski fence.

Willie’s Distillery is a small batch distillery located on Main street in...

Robin & Willie Blazer are the owners and founders of Willie’s Distillery,...

Just across Main street from Willie’s Distillery

One lasting look back up Main street.

Military Veterans, not Fly Fishermen, although I bet they were.

Ennis RV Village pays homage to the Rainbow and Brown Trout with...

Ennis RV Village pays homage to the Rainbow and Brown Trout with...

Ennis RV Village pays homage to the Rainbow and Brown Trout with...

Ennis RV Village pays homage to the Rainbow and Brown Trout with...

Ennis RV Village office

HH & Fan Mountain


The Madison River & Madison Mountain Range were named in honor of future President of the United States, then U.S. Secretary of State James Madison by Meriwether Lewis as the Lewis and Clark Expedition travelled through Montana in 1805.

The town of Ennis, at 4,941 feet, is located in the Madison Valley. The town is flanked by Tobacco Root Mountains to the northwest, the Gravelly Range to the southwest and the Madison Range to the east. Ennis is a town that proudly admits it has an identity crisis. Ennis is a cowboy-ranching town with a blue-ribbon fly-fishing river running through it. The town embraces both traditions enthusiastically which is reflected in the amazing collection of outdoor art.

Ennis Village RV Park was a perfect home for the month of August. I will return!

The Madison River is a headwater tributary of the Missouri River, approximately 183 miles long, in Wyoming and Montana. Its confluence with the Jefferson and Gallatin rivers near Three Forks, Montana forms the Missouri River. The Madison rises in northwestern Wyoming at the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon rivers, a location known as Madison Junction in Yellowstone National Park.

The Madison River, from Madison Junction in Yellowstone to Three Forks, is a fly fishing mecca for serious anglers. It is classified as a blue ribbon fishery in Montana and is one of the most productive streams in Montana for brown trout, rainbow trout and mountain whitefish.

So why, you ask, am I here? After all the experienced anglers, I feel the fish need a break, maybe even a laugh. Then they will get their guard down and I will SURPRISE THEM!

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