I had a chance to snowshoe into one of my favorite spots on the Madison River to fish dry flies on February 13th. I started my short trek around 11am in hopes to see some fish rising by the time I would reach the river. Only 15 minutes into my trek I was at my spot. The outside temperature was around 18 degrees but the wind was terrible and must have brought the temperature down to single digits. This was the first time I have been in this location this year, by the looks of the snow it seemed like it had not seen any pressure from anglers all winter. As soon as I arrived I saw a couple of heads come up! So I strung up my favorite dry fly rod, a Winston Im6 9′, 5 weight, that I have had for almost 20 years, paired with an Abel Reel. I tied on a Morgan’s Midge in a size 22. I have fished this spot hundreds of times in my life and I figured I could have great fishing without getting into the water, so I did not put my waders on for this trip. Momentarily this was a mistake, because the fish that were rising were out of reach from the bank. So I decided to walk up river and check out a couple of other spots in this location which was a good idea. I soon found a pod of fish rising in ankle deep water within casting distance from the bank. I hooked six fish and landed 4 in a few minutes. By now it was noon and the wind had settled down and it now felt like the temperature was in the 20’s, warm enough not to need gloves or have my ear flaps down on my hat. It was hard to leave rising fish but I knew that my first spot would come alive if the wind stopped, so I reeled up and walked back down river and sure enough the pool was alive with fish working the surface! As most anglers know, the feeling you get when you see the water “boiling” with rising fish never gets old. I felt like it was Christmas morning and I was 6 years old. Now I did not feel so badly about not putting my waders on. I continued catching both rainbows and browns, sizes 8″-16″ from the bottom of the pool to the top. I don’t know exactly how many I caught but enough to leave a smile on my face for my 2 hour ride home. From the time I starting hiking until the time I returned to my truck it was only a few hours and some of that time was spent observing the river, fish and surrounding area. Point being, you don’t need to spend all day on the water in the winter months to have a great time. Heck, you can even sleep in and enjoy a nice breakfast!