We are well into our season and looking to turn the corner into the fall season. Right now we are tying on big foam grasshoppers and attractors and searching for hungry trout on the Yellowstone and Madison Rivers. We have had some unseasonable warm weather which has slowed the late afternoon bite, but cooler weather is on the way. Besides the Hoppers, nocturnal (midnight) stones are out and so are ants and beetles. There are some Trico's and caddis left, but many of our hatches have wained until the Fall baetis emerge in later September.
Fall fishing is just around the corner. Our calendar is getting full. Give us a call or email if chasing some of the biggest trout of the season is on your radar. We'd love to show you show you some great fall fishing.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
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Fishing grasshoppers in late summertime is a great way and a lot of fun to fish many of Montana's rivers and streams. Area fly shops carry huge selections of hoppers in many different sizes, tied with many different materials and in various color schemes.
The Chubby Chernobyl is a great fly to represent the nocturnal stoneflies that emerge late at night or first thing in the morning. It comes in a variety of colors. The bigger sizes are great for dropping off a rubber legs to represent the nymphal form of this fly. Many of the colors this fly is tied in are not represented by the colors in nature, but purple, pink and royal all work well.
The Morrish Hopper is a great fly to represent different size hoppers in our area. This totally foam fly floats great, and its two tone foam body and rubber legs give a great profile of the local grasshoppers. Pink, tan and yellow are all popular colors, but for me personally, the yellow has been the best lately. I even like to take a waterproof marker to the bottom and add a few dark spots. I am not sure it makes a difference, but I like to put my own touch on this pattern to break up the solid color.
Ants are overlooked by many fishermen. Trout love ants and we have many different types of ants on our stream banks. Bloom's Para-Ant is a great representation of our flying ants. It is tied in cinnamon and all black body. It has a pink post to help with visibility, and trout from the Madison, Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers all love this pattern.
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The weather can change drastically in no time here in Montana. On a recent day off I found some time to go do some lake fishing. I don't do this often, but it was great to get off the oars and fly around the lake on a buddy's jet boat. We had a fun day, and as we started to return home across the lake this weather cell moved in. It was filled with moisture and lightning. With the wind starting to whip up and putting whitecaps on the lake, we decided to go into a protected bay and wait it out. After about 20 minutes the storm moved across the lake. The wind died and we made the 20 minute drive to the boat ramp on calm waters. As they say, "If you don't like the weather here in Montana, just wait a few minutes."