The temperatures have dropped significantly and fishing should be great, not only in the mornings but throughout the day, we are seeing prime fishing temperatures! This time of year is great for attractor dry flies and dry dropper rigs. Running standard patterns like stimulators, humpies, royal wulffs, chubbies, water walkers, foamulators, or caddis are all great options. During midday, the fish have been slightly reluctant to eat on the surface so running a dropper nymph is a great method to try. For droppers keep them size 14-16 and keep them in the mayfly category. Pheasant tails, spankers, and lightning bugs are all great options for those midday picky fish! When the afternoon storms roll through, streamer fishing can get really good! try smaller black and olive buggers. Sometimes these can crack the code on more difficult days. Dry fly fishing can be hit or miss up this direction.
Dries| Elk Hair Caddis: 12-16, PMD patterns: 14-18, Renegade: 16-18-20 Water Walkers: 4-6, Chubby Chernobyls: 8-16, purple haze: 14-18, royal wulff: 12-18, Royal trude: 12-18, lime trude: 12-18, red humpy: 14-16, trico spinner: 18-22, rusty spinner: 18, foamulator: 8-12
Nymphs| Bubble Back BWO: 16-18, BH Pheasant Tail: 14-16-18, Green Machine: 18-20, CDC Pheasant Tail: 12-14-16-18, Rubberlegs Olive, Olive/Brown: 6-8-10, Ugly Bug: 4-6-8, Red Belly Yuk Bug: 2-4 Coppertone Delektable: 6-8 Lightning Bug Pearl, Gold, Purple: 14-16 IED Worm: 10 Copper Johnson Yellow, Red, Blue: 12-14-16-18
Streamers| JJ Special: 4- 6 Sculpzilla's Tan, Olive, Black: size 4-6 Haymaker Sculpin Olive, Brown: 4 Bellyache Minnow Tan, Olive: 1/0-1 Micro Zonker Tan, Olive, Black: 8 Fatheads Yellow: 2 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Rust, Natural: 2 Home Invader Yellow, Olive Space Invader: 2 Flash Fry Brown & Yellow: 2 Space Invader Brown Yellow, Tan: 2-4-6; Brown/Copper Sparkle Minnow 4-6
Click to enlarge
Enter your number below to receive new, up-to-date river reports from Montana Troutfitters.