Fall is the time for migrating trout. This time of year is made for the angler that really wants to hook big fish. These upstream migrating beauties are turning into colorful, artistic one-of-a-kind canvases that have to be seen to be believed. Streamer fishing takes a priority and heaving these big flies against the bank or pushing them down into deep holes gets these big boys ready for the attack.
For those of you ready to take advantage of a fall fly fishing opportunity, drop us a line or give a call to schedule something for October or November as we still have openings. If for some reason you don't hear back from us right away, we appreciate your patience because we are probably out on the river.
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This month’s three flies are centered on the spawning brown trout and the BWO hatch that is happening now. Once the browns prepare to spawn they get super aggressive and territorial about other fish invading their space. Streamer fishing is a lot of work but can pay off in unforgettable ways. Over the past 10 years streamers have really evolved and gotten bigger, articulated and more expensive. I wouldn’t characterize myself as a streamer junkie, but I do enjoy fishing them and the electric feeling when the rod is being ripped out of your hand when a big trout hammers your streamer.
I have a big boat boxed filled with streamers big and small in various colors and tied with various materials. By far the streamer I reach for more often is the Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow. I have had great success with this fly, and not only is it super durable but the trout in our area can’t get enough of it. Does it always work? No, fish don’t always want a big meal, but I have confidence in this fly and tie it on often.
The next fly is called a Bat Wing Baetis Emerger. This small Baetis nymph is a killer during the appropriate times of year. Remember, there are two hatches of the BWO’s—one in the Spring and one in Fall. The fall Baetis are a size smaller but the same color and profile as the spring hatch, so having the bat wing in two different sizes are preferred. I have had great success with this pattern fished either deep under an indicator, dropped off a dry fly and fished in the film, or by itself on a greased leader for those super picky trout. I believe that this pattern represents either an emerger coming through the water column or a drowned Baetis adult. Give this fly a try the next time you are fishing a Blue Winged Olive (Baetis) hatch, and I am sure you will be successful.
The last pattern is called a Cripple Thor Baetis. This small dry fly is a great representation for the Baetis as they ride on the surface of the water. It rides low in the water, but the CDC wing keeps this fly floating well and makes it easier to see, even in choppy water. This pattern is especially effective on tail waters such as the Missouri and Big Horn but also works well on the Gallatin, Yellowstone and Madison Rivers.
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