Look for migrating browns taking streamer patterns almost anywhere up & down the river. The same for rainbows chasing forage minnows. This unsettled weather we are having is just the ticket for action with evenings being the best time of day for a chance at a really big brown or ‘bow. Be sure to have a streamer tip line for presenting those streamers.
Action is picking up especially in the Dcuk Creek-Hope Creek area. Try the mity mouse and peacock leeches. A few fish are being caught along the north shore, but action there has a long way to go to be considered very good.
Still pretty much the same for the lower river: streamers for migrating browns and BWOs for top water fishing. The weather has been great fo both with cloudy unsettled conditions. So get out and enjoy. For the upper river BWOs are active around Last Chance, and streamers are becoming more effective in Box Canyon.
Fishing on the South Fork is still doing well. Flows have dropped to 2500 cfs. Blue Wing Olives continue to hatch look for them in the riffles and the back eddy’s. Drifting a rubberleg and a bead head nymph under an indicator is still producing fish in good numbers. Streamers has picked up on the South Fork but remember to choose your days wisely. Overcast days are the best for hooking up with trout on streamers.
October is probably my favorite month of the year! There are so many fun and exciting things to chase in October. Steelhead, Brown Trout, Pheasants, Ducks, Geese, and of course Elk and Deer. All the rivers and streams in the local area are fishing well. Due to the great water season we had this last winter flows have stayed steady allowing wonderful Blue Wing Olive hatches.
With winter knocking at our doorstep we have started beefing up our tying inventory. We have brought in some new material for the tying season. There is a new rabbit material for tying streamers called Bunnybou. It is a rabbit hide that resembles marabou in the water. we also have brought in Krystal Flash Chennelle and Baitfish Emulator. We have a full selection on colors and sizes for these new products! All of these new tying products have very many uses for tying flies. Stop by the shop today we would love to show you these new materials.
“The best is yet to come”. That means the bulk of the fish have yet to arrive. True, folks are picking up fish from time to time, but November will offer many more of the best run in years. With bigger numbers of fish coming in expect the arrival of many more anglers.
Seems like the BWO or streamer theme applies to a lot of places, southwestern Montana included. Browns are migrating in the Madison, Ruby, Beaverhead, Big Hole, Gallatin, Missouri and Yellowstone rivers, so streamers are the choice here. Want to try for REALLY BIG browns? Wade Lake produced the Montana state record (twenty-nine pounds and change) and near record browns. Get those streamers down deep here. Other great still waters for big browns are Clark Canyon Reservoir, Hebgen Lake, Quake Lake, and Smith Lake. If you prefer top water fishing, the BWOs are abundant on nearly all rivers.
It’s BWO times on such as Warm River just below the spring, the Teton in the Basin, the Blackfoot below the reservoir, Birch Creek, Buffalo River in front of the campground, lower Robinson Creek, Stump Creek, and Tincup Creek. If for some reason BWO life cycle patterns won’t do, try dry attractors or small bead head nymphs.
Almost anywhere midge pupa pattern underneath a strike indicator will take fish. all you must do is find the taking depth. Folks are picking up fish on fall color leech patterns on Chesterfield, Daniels, Twenty-four Mile, and Hawkins. Springfield has been the slowest of the bunch, but action there always picks up towards the end of this month.
Brown trout migration is the big attraction here. Best places are Lewis River, Gibbon River, Duck Creek, Gardner River and the Snake River. Streamer flies are the fare, and do not over look outlets to both Lewis and Shoshone lakes. The way the weather is headed, just about any day should be good, but be prepared for winter driving and walking conditions.