|$3 Bridge on the Madison River - a world class fishing location.|
I realize that it's not black and white and that a combination of the two are what lead to success on the water, but which is more important? The source of my pondering is the trophy brown trout that a friend caught over the holidays. He caught the trout at a location that I gave him the scoop on. The river holds some large trout, but based on my limited experience it is a fishery that can be very challenging - requiring a high skill level in order to be successful. My friend's ability to stroll up and catch a big brown, virtually on-sight, makes me wonder if the river is a better fishery than I thought, or if my friend is a better angler than I thought. It's impossible to say really, at least until some further field research is conducted.
|Are trout of this size caught primarily as a result of skill or location?|
Of course for all I know there may be skilled anglers catching 25" plus trout from the Gallatin every year. As anglers, are we better off continuously honing our skills, or traveling far and wide in a never ending quest for exceptional fisheries? The conclusion that I have reached is that once an angler acquires a fundamental skill set in fly fishing, location becomes paramount. My thinking is that an average angler is better off on a great fishery than a great angler on an average fishery. Of course if I ever catch that 25" trout on the Gallatin I may feel differently.