While it may not be officially fall yet, it sure feels like it in town. The light has that fall-ish quality to it and even the air feels more crisp and fresh. The past few days we've seen our first real "fall" storm move through the area too. Temps dropped down into the 30s and 40s and it rained for a couple days. This muddied up the Yellowstone and the Gallatin, but it also put some of the first snow of the year in the mountains...
Fall gets a lot of people around here thinking about bugling elk, flushing grouse, but most importantly big, healthy, angry brown trout. As the browns start their spawning season they become incredibly aggresive and will chase down a streamer pattern with abandon. Streamer fishing gets the blood pumping and fall is the best time of year for it. Break out the 8-wt, sink tips, and big flies.
Fall also offers some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. The Blue Wing Olives are thick in most places and can be just great. For years, this has been my personal favorite hatch. My dad and I would always go to the Firehole River in YNP and fish the Baetis for a few days. The fish weren't huge, but it was always a lot of fun. In a lot of places you can bring an 8-wt for streamers and a 4 or 5-wt for dries and keep yourself busy all day long.
The weather is a lot cooler in the fall and can be more unpredictable, but it is a nice change from the heat of the summer. There are also a lot less people out and about which opens up a lot of river. If you plan to come fishing up here over the next couple of months, you better bring clothes for anything from a warm, sunny day to cold and nasty weather. It's better to plan for anything.
If you really want to get a good chance at a really big fish this fall, take a trip with one of our guides. Our staff of guides is on the water almost every day and can help you get that fish you've been dreaming of. Call the shop at 406-587-9111 to get more info.