We’ve had a couple of days of cold damp gray weather around here… perfect for fall fishing on the Missouri. I’ve been shop-bound all week, save for a couple of hours harassing the Sterling Channel fish on Tuesday, but fortunately I’ve been able to live vicariously through the reports of our guests, most of whom have been enjoying some truly outstanding days on the water.
The fish are up throughout the afternoon and depending on where you are fishing, there have been some obscenely large pods happily feasting on midges and psuedos and the still somewhat occasional baetis. You can match the hatch if you wish but you can also avoid the frustration of tying on and keeping sight of size 22′s and opt instead to throw an easy to see #16 Parachute Adams. It may take some work and some patience but they will eventually eat it….we love it when the fish cooperate with this program!
If for some reason the sight of fish crushing a dry doesn’t excite you, not to worry – it’s also streamer season on the MO. We’ve been selling a lot of big ugly streamers as of late and while I’ve yet to hear of any “off the charts” streamer days the action is consistent enough to certainly make it worth your while. The black and olive bugger variations are still getting it done but we appreciate the fact that the hard core streamer fanatics tend to prefer bigger, flashier bugs and we’ve got all kinds of options to suit all preferences. Since arriving in Montana my days of chucking big uglies have been few and far between as the Missouri offers so many other options which I’ve come to appreciate and pursue. That being said, I plan to spend at least one day next week devoted entirely to streamer fishing and I can’t wait!
If nymphing is your game you can expect “off the charts” action daily and we’ve got all the bugs you need to make it happen. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - this is a truly phenomenal time to be here and in addition to crazy good fishing we’ve got all kinds of end-of-season deals going on including $399 full day guide trips. Lodging will be available through mid November – weather dependent – and we plan to keep the shop open through the end of November. We will run guide trips ANYTIME – year round. If you can handle the weather we will fish it! Give us a call to book rooms or boats or fishing and stop by the shop for everything you need for success on the Missouri River.
In other news - the Federal Government is apparently back in business so the dam launch is officially open as are the parks. Sunny skies and 50′s are on tap for the next few days so get out and enjoy fall in Montana.
Oh…and GO TIGERS!
~ Jason O.