Fall like weather has arrived in South Western Montana. Cool nights and crisp days are now the norm. Soon, the BWO's will cover the water's surface and the trout will be looking towards the surface to get the last important hatch of the season. There are still some grasshoppers on the banks and the trout are still willing to eat a well presented hopper right now. Our rivers are low, and good presentations are key. The trout have seen many imposters throughout the summer and when throwing dries a good presentation is paramount.
The brown trout are getting ready to spawn, and mid-October through November we will see the browns put on their spawning tuxedos and get ready to party. Streamer fishing will take precedence and as these trout get super aggressive, they will attack anything in their space. Throwing a streamer isn't for the faint of heart, but when they attack that streamer and the rod is almost ripped out of your hand, it is pretty darn exhilarating. It's a lot of work to stand up in the boat and cover miles of river, but the rewards can be spectacular.
We need your help immediately. Your comments to the Montana FWP is needed immediately. They have open public comment to make new rulings affecting non-resident and commercial usage on the Madison River until October 30th. If you value fishing the Madison River and do not want to lose your chance to fish this river, we need your support. Please follow this link to voice your opinion. Public comment is closing 10/30. Please recommend that rest and rotation is not a viable option for the Madison. This will not only limit your access to the river, but will also determine where you get to fish based on which day of the week you want to fish. They want to close off miles of the river to non-residents and commercial guides throughout the week. Please spend a few minutes to give a comment and help the guiding community and non-residents the right to fish the Madison River. A few clicks and a few minutes will help our businesses and ensure those who fish the Madison on their own a viable access to the Madison all season long. To learn more check out blog article below.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
A CALL TO ACTION FOR THOSE WHO FISH THE MADISON RIVER
Public comment is open until October 30th, and your comments are very valuable. There are different proposals out there on how to manage the river and we need your comments to not allow rest and rotation.
DRIFT BOAT STRATEGIES - CASTING FROM A MOVING DRIFT BOAT
Most of the trips we guide are using a drift boat to fish our large western rivers. For many of our inexperienced anglers this is a new experience. Many anglers want to cast directly out from the drift boat at 90 degrees, or towards the back of the boat.
Listed below are three flies that we will be using the entire month of October and into early November.
The first fly is a Quill Body Parachute BWO (blue winged olive). This pattern is realistic enough to fool the trout of technical spring creek waters, but also floats well enough to fish on our rowdy freestone rivers. The turkey flat parachute post stands out well to see this dry fly on faster moving water.
The second fly is Mercer's Micro Mayfly with tungsten bead. Mike Mercer has been designing flies for a long time and this pattern has been around for over 10 years. This pattern is a staple in my fly box in many different colors. Olive is definitely the most popular, but brown and black also work well. With the tungsten bead this fly gets down to the trout quickly. I like to drop this off a dry fly or fish it under an indicator with a bigger attractor nymph above it.
The last fly is Sanchez's Double Bunny Streamer. This fly was dreamt up in the early '90s. It was a multiple winner of the famous Jackson Hole one fly contest three years in a row, before changes were made to not allow bigger flies to be used. This is a great pattern to either dead drift under an indicator, or stripped through the water. Because it uses two rabbit strips glued together, this is nearly indestructible. The dumbbell eyes get this fly down and even though it's hard to find this older pattern in fly shops these days, it's still a very productive pattern for large trout.
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Recently I was guiding on a small stream in SW Montana. I don't do many of these walk wade trips, but we had been in the boat a number of days and the client was looking to mix it up. The weather was very pleasant and the trout were hungry; it was a perfect fall day. Walking upstream I stopped to take this photo. I was impressed by the clouds, fall colors and blue skies. I enjoyed the slower pace of wading the river and the scenery around us.