Hopper fishing and midnight stone fishing has been off the charts lately. We are in the thick of our season and we have plenty of cool water and great weather. Most of the month our temps have been picture perfect, in the mid 80’s and making trout happy. The nocturnal stonefly fishing has just started and there is an abundance of hoppers, flying ants and beetles around that are like candy for the trout. All our area rivers have an abundance of cool water and the trout are hungry and happy.
Right now is a great time to fish Southwestern Montana and we have a few slots available for August. September and October are going to be great months of fishing and if you are interested give us a call to set up a great fishing trip with our wild trout and blue ribbon rivers. It is prime time in Montana and the next few months will be spectacular. With plenty of water the fishing should be prime. Join us and come experience Montana at its finest.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
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This year we will be hosting a fly fishing trip to Patagonia again. This is a very popular trip and space is limited to five anglers. Ron, the outfitter is one of the very best and his guide staff is second to none.
This month's three flies are all known producers. The first is the Chubby Chernobyl. This big dry fly attractor is not only highly visible to the angler but also the fish. It represents the nocturnal stoneflies that are hatching during the night on our area rivers and early in the morning the fish key on these flightless big pork chops. It comes in various color schemes but tan and golden are our favorites.
It's hopper season and one of our favorite patterns is the Thunder Thighs grasshopper. This is both highly visible to the angler and the trout. It is available in various sizes and colors but tan and yellow are our favorites. Twitch it, dead drift it, get it to the banks and the trout will eat it.
Our last fly is called Fat Frank’s ant. This foam ant floats forever and the flash wing grabs the sun's rays and makes this fly easy to see. The trout love this pattern and is a great pattern for all our area rivers. Made with closed cell foam and a little hackle this pattern is sparse, but the trout cannot resist it.
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The other day we were fishing the Missouri River when we noticed this Golden Eagle having a trout snack on the bank. We witnessed the mate soaring above and then landing in a tree about 500 yards off. Unbeknownst to us, until it happened the mate scared off a bald eagle in that tree and took his spot. It was pretty cool to see it unfold as we took in nice break watching nature in action. Kind of like watching the Discovery Channel but in real time. I had already put the camera away when all that happened, but it was pretty dramatic to see things unfold in nature. As they say, trout live in pretty places and sometimes you get to see pretty cool things.