There have been reports of good success rates on forest service and state lands. Block management lands are also available in many areas. Forest service maps or GPS units with the Montana Chip are a great help in finding areas to hunt legally and successfully.
With all Montana hunting seasons either open or already closed it’s time to resupply for the next trip afield.
Cold weather clothing, boots, gloves, socks, ammo, camo, and more is available at Bob Ward’s. The cold snap is coming with snow already in the upper elevations. Check over your cold weather gear and come in for replacements or upgrades.
The fall name of the game is nymph and streamer fishing. Focus on reddish-brown colored streamers and zonkers that mimic little brown trout.
On the Gallatin use the black woolly bugger with green legs and a spruce moth with a dropper such as a prince nymph or copper bob.
On the Lower Madison go with red color crayfish and sculpins in brown.
The Upper Madison is liking copper bobs in any color and prince nymphs.
Finally, on the Yellowstone you can’t go wrong with san juan worms and copper johns.
You can’t go wrong anywhere with spruce moths for the fly fisherman.
The weather has been cooperating with the sportsmen in SW Montana for trout, whitefish, and walleye.
The whitefish have been biting on the Big Hole up river near Dickie Bridge. A black and white whitefish fly has been hot this week. A cream whitefish fly with the brown hackle is effective also. The browns have been actively feeding on small (16 – 18) prince nymphs or hitting large streamers pretty well.
Georgetown Lake has been actively producing Kokanee on orange glo hooks and maggots. The Trout have been generously taking powerbait or nightcrawlers. Spoons and jigs have been working for those fishing toward shore from a boat or float tube.
Clark Canyon is drawing crowds due to hot fishing activity. The river channel both North and South is being fished hard and Rapalas or nightcrawler rigs are both catching the fish.
The Beaverhead is good fishing for trout by fly or bait alike.Panther Martins are catching the browns above Pipe Organ Bridge. Mahogany duns, zebra Midge, and Pheasant Tail Flashers are good fly choices.
(Report by Ryan Corwin-Bob Ward’s Sports and Outdoors)