Photos: Dirty Mike and the Big Madison Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Guide “Dirty Mike”¬†Elliott cradles a gorgeous, 22.5-inch brown on the Madison River.
Photo by Tom Evenson

Last week, Tom Evenson and I floated the Madison River with John Way of The Tackle Shop, in Ennis, Montana, and had pretty good luck. But we didn’t catch anything like this gorgeous brown trout landed by Peter Briones and guide Mike Elliott (a.k.a. “Dirty Mike” and one of John’s guides). Our boat had pulled over to fish a side channel, when Mike and his clients came around the corner from upstream. Peter hooked this fish on a size 16 Beadhead Prince Nymph right in front of us, and we hopped back into our boat to follow the chase, as Peter fought the fish for about 100 yards.

When we pulled in below them, Mike was just netting the fish, and Peter had a huge smile on his face. Believe it or not, this wasn’t even the biggest fish they’d caught that day. The previous brown trout, caught by the other angler in the boat, taped out at over 26 inches, but we weren’t there to witness that catch.


That’s a happy client and a proud guide.
Photo by John Way

This was the second brown trout over 20 inches caught from this boat that day.
Photo by Tom Evenson

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