Fall 2018 Fly Fishing Report Southwest Montana

Fall is my favorite time to fish our area water.

Our fall fishing is just beginning now and is a nice time to enjoy cooler weather, optimum river flows and foliage color change. We experience similar hatches to our spring period that share the approximate same photo period such as blue winged olive hatches, various caddis activity and golden stone emergence.

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There are also a variety of additional mayflies and October caddis that hatch on different areas of the Madison, Yellowstone, Missouri and Gallatin. Fall overcast conditions improve the quantity and quality of many hatches. Some of the best dry fly fishing of the year occurs now until late in October. Traditional nymph fishing is also quite productive when hatch activity and emergence is not quite as prolific.

Brown trout are more aggressive in all of our rivers now and fall runs of fish move up into rivers from our reservoirs. Streamer and modified nymph fishing can produce great numbers and some very large catches. Crayfish, sculpin and baitfish patterns are typical flies we use for this type fishing.

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Please join us this fall for some of the best fishing of the year!

-Steve Gamble, Gallatin River Lodge Owner, Outfitter