Start of Fall Fishing
The start of fall is here. We had a drastic change in weather from consistent 80-95 degrees every day for months to a sudden drop in temperature and snow in town in a 24 hour period. The water temperatures corresponded and fall fishing has officially begun. We have had trouble with air quality since July, with lots of smoke from one of the largest fire seasons the west has ever seen, but this change in the weather has cleared the sky. The scenery is absolutely perfect with snow capped peaks and cool, crisp, refreshing air in the valleys. A lot of people have been transitioning into hunting season and the rivers are seeing slightly less pressure. The fishing is really turning on too. Large browns are being caught daily. The fish are on the feed and our style of fishing is transitioning from dries and terrestrials to nymphing and stripping or swinging larger streamers. This is the time of year to catch the fish of a life time.
Rain has been bumping the flows lately. Slightly off color right now but in the next couple days should clear up and then fall fishing will be on! Dead drifted streamers with bead head trailers will produce or if you want to get quality over quantity try stripping some of the bigger, heavier streamer patterns. It's the most scenic time of the year for a float on the yellowstone in my opinion.
Flies: Dyngeons, sparkle minnows, home invadors, drunk & disorderly, Pat's rubber legs, micro may, king prince, spankers, pheasant tail, soft hackle lightening bugs, cdc pmd emergers, hares ears, san juan, wooly buggers.
Look for flows to drop with clear weather on the horizon. Rain has nearly doubled the flow of the gallatin right now making it off color and slightly fast. Once it drops the fishing should be superb. Try streamers closer to four corners and nymphing in the canyon. Small mayfly hatches may start appearing with the right cloud cover and conditions. Try nymphing with either a rubberlegs or san juan and trail with a bead head or emerger. The canyon's colors are changing and fishing is getting better and better every day.
Flies: Sparkle minnow, crystal bugger, san juan, pat's rubber legs, prince nymph, sculpzilla, mini loop sculpin, king prince, spanker, soft hackle lightening bug, parachute adams, cdc emerger pmd, cdc emerger baetis, juju baetis, hare's ear.
This is the place for a trophy brown trout. Trout are on the feed and are getting pretty agressive eating flashier and flashier flies. Reports of larger lake run fish being caught have been rumored. Baetis hatches on overcast days too. Fishing has turned on and will continue to get better for the forseeable future.
Flies: Dungeons, crystal buggers, double or single screamer, Dirty Hippy, spankers, sparkle minnow, egg sucking leach, san juan, pheasant tail, soft hackle lightening bug, micro may, copper john, psycho prince, cdc emerger baetis, small parachute adams.
Hoot owl restrictions have been lifted and fishing has been consistant all day long. The weeds are starting to break up making longer drifts more and more possible. Crayfish are around in large numbers and some bigger fish will be on the feed. Good spot for a float or a hike into the canyon to try and find some less pressured fish.
Flies: Turkey back Cray, Zyrdle's, san juan's, bighorn buggers, Montana Intruder, Sparkle Minnow, Sculpzilla, spankers, chubby chernobyl, lightening bug, pheasant tail, micro mayu, juju baetis, military may pmd, scuds
Water temperatures are perfect hovering slightly below 60 degrees. Look for prolific midge, trico and small may fly hatches. Streamers will target large trout. Orange and pink always works for scuds and attractors.
Flies: Snowshoe Trico, midge cluster, buzz ball, parachute adams, rs2, green machine, micro may, ray charles, ultra scud, hot head ray charles, Sex fly, san juan, sparkle minnows, egg sucking leeches, turkey back cray.
Great place to target some bigger fish. Brown's will be on the prowl so start thinking like the predator they are and you may be rewarded with a fish of a life time.
Flies: Rubber legs, IED worm, san juan, Drunk and Disorderly, Dungeon's, flash back pheasant tail, wooly bugger, mini loop sculpin, sculpzilla, hares ear, military may pmd, micro may.
Most of the crowds have left and the bigger fish are showing their faces. Great spot to sight see and sneak in somefishing too. Streamer bite is picking up but the weather has been extremely variable with large snowstorms scaring people off the rivers. Come prepared and you will be rewarded.
Flies: Call for specific patterns for specific areas. Nymphs and streamers will be the name of the game.