The elk have started to bugle in the mountains. Labor Day weekend is over. The rivers will begin to see less and less pressure as kids have returned to school and the locals are chasing the fall game around. We are still tossing terrestrials on the surface, but soon we will see our fall baetis, and streamers will take precedence. We will be trading in wet wading sandals for boots and waders, but we should have another four weeks of nice fall weather ahead of us.
Soon the brown trout will start their spawning ritual, and chasing these aggressive pumpkin colored carnivores around will be our main focus. Streamer fishing isn't for the faint of heart, but the exhilaration of having a trophy trout hit your streamer will get your heart racing. Generally from mid-October through mid-November we are breaking out the 7 weight rods and chucking big nasty streamers for these big browns. This is not a numbers game, but look out for "the one" that could rip that rod out of your hand if you're not careful.
We still have some open dates in October. If you have been putting off that trip to Montana to fish, fall is a great time to catch some great trout and find some unpressured water. Let us know if we can help in any way.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
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When the weather starts to cool off we will start to see our fall baetis hatch. These BWO's are smaller than the ones we see in the spring. Generally hatching in the afternoons of grey drizzly days, these size #18 or smaller mayflies can get the trout very excited to come to the surface. On some of our rivers we have to use very specific patterns such as on the Missouri River, and on others we can use more attractor patterns.
The first pattern is a Purple Para-Wullf. Jack Dennis, out of Jackson Hole, took the original Wulff pattern and tied it parachute style. This is a staple in my boxes and works well in all different sizes and colors to imitate many different mayflies. I do not tie this fly as I feel the many steps needed are very time consuming, and it's a heck of a lot easier to just buy these guys. This pattern works great on our big freestone streams where the water is fast and you need a very buoyant fly that both the trout and the fisherman can see.
For small baetis nymphs, you can use a variety of different flies to represent them. Many variations of pheasant tails, lightning bugs, or a LGM (Little Green Machine). This pattern comes in various sizes and colors and is a great representation for BWO's nymphs. Its vinyl ribbed body is tough as nails and usually last fish after fish or until it's lost. I do tie many of these guys and have many different colors spun up. It's fairly easy to tie and you can crank a bunch out in a short amount of time.
The last pattern is Quigley's Hackle Stacker. This fly is a delicate pattern best fished on slower waters such as the Missouri River. Developed by Bob Quigley for fishing around Oregon and Northern California in the 1980s. This is another pattern I have not learned to tie yet. He uses a completely different technique to make the wing and I have not tried to master it yet. But I like the slim profile and how the wing sits on top of the hook ensuring that this fly always rides right side up.
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The Natural Bridge on the Boulder River is a spectacular place to visit. Located about 1.5 hrs from Bozeman, about twenty miles upstream where the Boulder flows into the Yellowstone, you will find this wonder. On a recent day off I took my visiting family up here to show them the wonder. They were in awe of how the water has worn a hole through solid rock. Although the natural bridge fell in 1988, this is still a really neat place to visit. If you have an afternoon to kill, I would recommend visiting this area, or bring a rod and fish after checking it out. The Boulder can hold some nice rainbows and brown trout below the Natural Bridge.