Winter fishing can really be one of the best ways to enjoy Montana's waters in a calm and quiet atmosphere. The last two days have dropped a solid base of snow around Bozeman and that's enough to get us thinking about getting prepared to enjoy the next few months of cold weather angling. There are so many great options to get your trout fix around here during the cold season some people like winter fishing better than the Summertime.
One of our favorite options this time of year is hitting the Spring Creeks for BWO and midge fishing. A fun and often challenging choice the creeks require a calm and focused approach that usually makes you think about your best presentation before you even put your cast into motion. Since the water is gin clear the trout can easily see your movements out of the water too much blind casting can put them down. If there is not an obvious hatch with rising trout going on give the water a solid look in search of fish flashing as they casually feed on nymphs and pupas subsurface. A light tippet nymph rig is a great way to keep busy on the creeks in between hatches as well as stripping small streamers. There are tons of leeches in the creeks and the fall is a great time to get some chases from big fish.
Be patient and focus on getting one fish at a time as it's typically a quality over quanity game. So rewarding when you do get a healthy fish though!
So grab some zebra midges and film critic emergers, 6x tippet, and some hot coffee and do some exploring of these pristine private water options. The creeks are all on their winter rates for now so save a few bucks over the summertime rod fee.