Beartooth & Nail
Over the years the Professor has become good friends with Nancy & Dan Delekta of Beartooth Flyfishing on the Madison River. You’ve probably heard of Dan’s fly tying legacy and his line of patterns, called Delektables. If you’ve been in the store, you definitely know Nancy, who is quick with a warm welcome and a hearty dose of spot-on fishing intel.
On our recent Labor Day trip we fished the Madison our second day which required an automatic visit to Beartooth. Fishing took a back seat while we each took a pass on the inversion table they have on the front porch.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t really get the inversion table magic. It seems like it would be great for my back and something I would love. I must have been doing it wrong, I’m not sure. If I run across another inversion table I am going to give it another try.
At any rate, with all the blood rushed into his head the Professor was charged up and ready to hit the water. He madly sped through the fly bins and assembled a collection of patterns with Nancy’s input. I was dawdling about in my own world not really involved in the process.
But right at the end when the Professor was all set to checkout, I decided to pick ONE fly that I wanted to use on the Madison. Something random that struck me out of the blue. Something out there and wild.
In a nanosecond something caught my eye and I wanted it. It was a big chunky purple and tan bushy attractor-type size 8 beast. It was the one.
The Professor felt good about his assortment and was ready to wrap things up so he sort of shook it off. But I was adamant we needed this fly. I felt so strongly about it I agreed to fish with only this fly all day long.
Our friendly adversarial conversation about the flies garnered the attention of others in the shop but no one was really taking sides. I decided to get Nancy’s endorsement to seal the deal. While she did advise I drop it down to a size 10, she agreed it was a lethal selection. Ha!
I fought beartooth and nail to add that fly into the mix and thus, the deal was struck. Let’s be honest, when Nancy gave it the nod and teamed up with me the Professor didn’t have a chance against us.
So did it work?
Let’s just say I pick out flies like I pick out songs on a jukebox.
I had two strikes on that fly right off the boat ramp. KA-POW. Granted one fish was a peanut, but this was the second one:
Not bad, eh? Thanks for the vote of confidence Nancy!