“When does the fishing season end around these parts?” I get this question on almost a daily basis here at the shop. Truth is, catch and release trout fishing is a year-round endeavor for a lot of local fishy folk. Sure our ‘busy season’ is that May through September time frame, but winter fishing in Southwest Montana can provide some of the most productive adventurous trips of the year.
One of the biggest advantages to winter fishing is the lack of pressure. Most people are either skiing, or enjoying the warmth of staying indoors. It takes a certain kind of crazy to wake up one February morning, look out the window at six inches of fresh snow and say, “Hey, good day to go fishing!” But those who do are rewarded with solitude, awesome scenery, and usually pretty great fishing.
In the coming days, we will discuss several different aspects of winter fishing issues and techniques. Clothing options, fly selection, and winter holding water will all be discussed. There’s a lot to it, so we will try and break it down over several blog posts. In the mean time, try and get out and enjoy the last few weeks of great fall time conditions. The browns are getting really aggressive and the fall baetis (BWO) hatch has been improving as more of this cloudy weather starts to stick around. Tight lines!