Ready for Rifle Season? – Captain’s Column (10.23.14)
By angelamontana


Opening day for big game rifle season for deer and elk in Montana will be here in a couple of days. If you haven’t started to get your hunting gear together I have compiled a hunter’s checklist that you might find useful. (CLICK HERE).

If you are not going to hunt on opening weekend and still want to hit the waters, you won’t have a problem finding some good fishing. Because of the mild fall we have had so far, the rivers and lake fishing is still very good. Fall is normally some of the best fishing of the year. I have had some good fishing days on Flathead Lake for perch, and Fall Mack Days anglers are reeling lake trout in too! The lake trout are getting into their spawning mode and heading into shallow water, so trolling or casting a spoon works this time of the year.

I have also had some good days on Holter Reservoir for trolling for trout. (CLICK HERE)

Fishing is good on the rivers according to John Perry from John Perry flyfishing.com “Fishing is very good now on Missouri, Blackfoot, and Rock Creek.  Streamers are working on all rivers.  October caddis patterns as we’ll.  baetis patterns on Missouri.  Size 18 and 20 small subtle nymphs dropped off Oct caddis patterns are very effective on Missouri-about 50-50 dry/dropper ratio.  The rivers are not crowded-great time to fish now.”

My girlfriend, Berny Croy, and her friends are still enjoying the nice fall weather and horseback riding. So, whether you have hunting, fishing, horseback riding or just plain hiking on your day’s agenda, get out and enjoy yourself. And, because it is hunting season, please remember to wear hunters orange to be safe. and carry bear spray if you have the potential of running into an unsuspecting bear in your outdoor adventure.

(Written by the Captain)






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