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November 2019 Montana Fly Fishing Forecast

November 2019 Montana Fly Fishing Forecast

November Fly Fishing Overview

The winds of winter are in the air as we move into the home stretch of the 2019 Montana fly fishing season. And what a season it has been. Our anglers have enjoyed some of the best dry fly fishing in recent memory on their Montana fly fishing trips. Our Montana fly fishing guides enjoyed a great season filled with time spent on the water with so many great people. We are looking to closing our season out strong with a great end-of October and November.

It has been a cold and snowy Fall so far in Montana. While it has made for generally favorable conditions for great hatches of BWOs and a good streamer bite, we did miss the normal Fall weather this year. Very few days that were sunny and 60 degrees. But that is just how it goes in Montana. Some years you get fall, some years you get a late summer, this year we got winter. Will the trend of cooler temps and snow continue into November? Who knows! But our guides are prepared for whatever lays in store and excited to share our love for fly fishing in Montana with anglers, regardless of conditions.

As for the fly fishing, anglers can expect good fishing on most of our area rivers through the end of the month. For years, we have had a big group of anglers that fish over Thanksgiving week. We have fished all over the state and seen every condition imaginable. One common thread: lots of fun regardless.

November 2019 Fly Fishing Trips

Our guides will be found spending most of their time on the Missouri River, the Yellowstone River, and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks through the month of October. These fisheries are generally the most reliable late season options. Hatches of BWOs and Midges will remain strong through the early part of the month, but taper off if temperatures drop. Last year we enjoyed great dry fly fishing on Thanksgiving day on the Missouri River on a cold but calm and sunny day. Looking forward to more of the same this year.

Anglers looking for targeting trophy trout on our rivers will find streamer fishing to be the best bet through the month of November. This means giving up quantity of fish, in favor of quality of fish. Streamer anglers wanting to net the largest of Montana brown trout have to be willing to commit to long days, filled with lots of casting, and through all conditions.

What to Expect in November

We are often asked by anglers if November is a good month to fly fish in Montana. Our answer? For the right angler absolutely. Anglers can count on empty rivers, a good bite, and fun days on the water. Are there the best hatches, catch rates, or conditions we get? Nope. Hatches are often unpredictable, catch rates aren’t nearly as high as the spring and summer months, and conditions are often tough. But there may very well be no better time for anglers that appreciate the little things: hard fighting trout, incredible scenery, complete solitude, and the hunt for wild trout.

If you are interested in a November fly fishing trip to Montana, give us a shout anytime to talk fishing. Bookings are also starting to roll in for 2020, if you have dates in mind or want to try and hit the best hatches, contact us today to plan your next Montana fly fishing trip with the Montana Angling Company. See you on the water soon!

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/17/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/17/19

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

It’s middle of October in Bozeman, MT: fall is in the air, our rivers are quiet, and the fly fishing has been great. Great fly fishing doesn’t necessarily translate into easy fly fishing every day, in all conditions, but when conditions have been right and angling has been good, the fly fishing has been as great as great gets.

Our Montana fly fishing guides have been out daily with the exception of Wednesday and Thursday of last week when old man winter came through with a good one. Temps were between 9-20 degrees and the snow piled up high. Fall is back and looks to stay in the forecast for the coming week.

Fall is always a fun time to be an angler in Bozeman. This past week alone we have seen the full gamut of conditions across the Yellowstone, Madison, and Missouri Rivers. One day on the Yellowstone River was punishingly windy and we had to work hard to get a handful to the net and the next day it was calm as could be and we were treated to one of the best dry fly fishing sessions of the year. That’s October for you folks. Weather exists beyond our control. But when it’s good it sure is good.

BWOs are king at this point for dry fly anglers on all of our area waters. Bigger bugs are few and far between. We were able to find a few fish willing to eat hoppers this past week, but that is more or less in the rearview mirror from here on out.

Streamer fishing has been the best bet for targeting larger than your average fish. You’ll have to work for it but we’ve seen anglers get rewarded with some truly great rainbow and brown trout over the last weeks on the Madison and Missouri Rivers.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Perfect fall conditions right now on the Yellowstone River. Calm days have made for fantastic dry fly and dry dropper fishing most afternoons. Colder mornings have left a little to be desired, but streamer fishing has been good enough to make things interesting. BWOs, midges, and fall drakes have been on the menu for the dry fly fishing. Our fly fishing guides generally run a tandem dry rig with a sighter and a finesse fly. The real ones are small, very small, especially on sunny days. The Yellowstone River is the best option for anglers in Bozeman, MT that prefer to dry fly fish.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Solid fall fly fishing conditions right now on the Madison River. The river is a ghost town, particularly from Ruby Creek down stream to the Missouri River confluence. We are still wondering where all of the reported crowding is? Makes you wonder.

The streamer fishing has been good to great depending on the day, especially for anglers willing to give up quantity for quality. Nymphing will be the top producer with stonefly nymphs, worms, small BWO nymphs #20-22, and caddis accounting for the bulk of the action. The dry fly fishing has been there under the right conditions: calm wind, calm water, and patient angling. Still a few out there looking for the hopper.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Mid-late October on the Missouri River is about as fun as fly fishing in Montana gets. For every tough weather day you’ll get 6 days you won’t ever forget. Between the fall color, consistent hatches, and excellent dry fly fishing, what more could you ask for? BWOs, small caddis, and a few hoppers are still on the menu. Deep nymphing has been solid but not off the charts. The streamer fishing has varied between good and great, rewarding anglers who commit with larger than your average fish, which on the Missouri River means larger than your average, larger than your average fish.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

The fall run on the Madison River is in full swing, with some truly incredible brown trout coming to hand daily. Cold early mornings and warm afternoons make for unforgettable days spent fly fishing in the Park. While we enjoy chasing the trophy trout of the Madison, our guides and anglers would just as soon spend our days on the Firehole River enjoying great hatches, dry fly fishing, and soft hackle swinging.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Challenging but rewarding. Fall on the spring creeks can be described as nothing short of technical, but good hatches of midges and BWOs have made for high-quality sight fishing on a daily basis.

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

Fall on the Gallatin River is all about getting back to basics. Classic wade fishing for wild trout. Go for a walk, enjoy the fall scenery, and expect to get into some good fishing. Hatches will bring fish up, streamers will get chased, and nymphs will consistently catch. As fun as it gets.

Now Booking 2020 Montana Fly Fishing Trips

Now Booking 2020 Montana Fly Fishing Trips

2020 Montana Fly Fishing Trips

As we move into the home stretch of the 2019 Montana fly fishing season we can’t help but reflect on what a great season it has been and look forward to what a great season 2020 is sure to be. Most of our long time anglers have already booked their dates for their 2020 Montana fly fishing trips and we are taking bookings daily for the upcoming season. As we look at our Montana fly fishing guides‘ calendars, the usual slots are booking well in-advanced:

  • May and June Missouri River Fly Fishing Trips. Highly Limited Availability
  • Salmonfly and Goldenstone hatches on the Madison River and Yellowstone River, June 25-July 15
  • September fly fishing trips
  • Spring Special Trips in April at our discounted rate

If you are interested in booking a Montana fly fishing trip during any of these windows we recommend booking sooner, rather than later, for best guide availability.

Trip Highlights for 2020

We look forward to continue offering our anglers the best guided fly fishing trips in Montana in 2020. Our diverse trip offerings, across the best rivers, lakes, and streams from both our Bozeman Basecamp and Missouri River Basecamp makes for a truly custom and unique Montana fly fishing experience.

In 2019 we introduced Overnight Fly Fishing Trips and Adventure Fly Fishing Trips to our outfitting program. We had a great pilot-season for both, and look forward to an even better 2020 spending nights and days off the beaten path with more of our anglers.

New for 2020 we are offering new lodging packages with more of Montana’s premier fly fishing lodges. We look forward to updating our website over the winter as we bring these new offerings to our anglers.

Our Hosted Trips page has been updated to include our 2020 Hosted Trips to La Posada de Los Farios in Chilean Patagonia. Dates are just about booked up for 2020 with limited availability left, but still some availability for late February and early March of 2020. Contact us today for more information or if interested.

Trip Specials for 2020

Our Winter and Spring Trip Specials are right around the corner and are a great way to enjoy fly fishing in Montana early in the season in solitude at a great rate. $350 winter trips and $450 trips in April. Fly fishing trips on the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks and the Missouri River are our two most popular early season options.

And here’s to a great 2019

We want to thank all of the anglers, guides, fly shops, shuttle drivers, and lunch caterers that make fly fishing with the Montana Angling Company so great. We are looking forward to closing out the 2019 season strong and hoping for a late October and early November filled with lots of bent rods, happy anglers, and rising trout. Thank you all and we look forward to a great 2020 filled with more of the same. Contact us today to book your 2020 Montana fly fishing trip.

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/7/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 10/7/19

Bozeman Fly Fishing Overview

Our Montana fly fishing guides and anglers on the water have seen a little bit of everything since our last report: snow, sunshine, more snow, fall colors, and lots of rising trout. We had a historic early season winter storm move through that marked an abrupt end of summer-like conditions and brought about colder-than average fall temperatures in a hurry. In spite of often trying conditions, the fly fishing has remained solid around Bozeman, MT particularly the fall dry fly bite.

We’ve seen excellent hatches of BWOs on the Yellowstone River and other nearby fisheries. Up on the Missouri River the BWOs have been small, but thick and plenty of caddis around as well making for fun afternoons filled with good dry fly action. The streamer bite has also been above average all over and should continue to improve over the coming weeks. Looking ahead we’ve got some more cold weather in the forecast but nice, normal fall weather to follow. Normal is good in October

Where would we go for the best bite from now through the end of the month? We like the Missouri River, the Yellowstone River, and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks in October. Need a guide to row you down the river and get you in on the action? There is still time to book your Montana fly fishing trip for 2019, contact us today.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

Flows and water temps are down to Fall levels. The best action will be found between 1pm and 5pm. No rush to the river. Nymphing and streamer fishing will be your best bet until BWOs start to hatch. Buggers and attractor nymphs #12-16 will be the most productive. No need to get too fancy with the streamer game: medium size buggers and sculpin imitations fished well will produce. The dry fly fishing has been outstanding on calmer afternoons with BWOs hatching and fish eating. Small parachutes fished well will catch fish.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Streamer season on the Madison River. While the hopper fishing sure was great, the ramp to ramp action has come to an end. Still some fish looking up during the heat on the afternoon, but not a sure thing. If you want to consistently see good sized fish in the net you’ll have to work for it. Streamer fishing on the Madison River is never easy, but will reliably catch fish until winter sets in. Some days are better than others, but anglers willing to commit will be rewarded. Otherwise nymphing will be your best bet. Fishing a Pat’s rubber legs to a small mayfly nymph #18-22 will produce. BWOs hatching in the afternoon will bring fish to the surface.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Good and getting gooder by the day. Dry fly fishing has been excellent over the past few weeks with BWOs, caddis, callibaetis, and attractors dries all in play. Blind fishing and sight fishing are both in play. Streamer fishing has been solid with some days excellent. Great time of year to go on a Missouri River fly fishing trip. Nymphing has been slower than usual in the Fall, but seems to be improving by the day. Where its good it is really good and the Missouri River will reward good angling.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

October in Yellowstone Park is a special time. Crowds are thin, the air is cool, and fly fishing is great. We like the west side now through the end of the season. The annual run up the Madison River is underway and fly fishing on the Firehole River has been excellent. Daily hatches have made for some good times and lots of bent rods.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Challenging but rewarding. Fall on the spring creeks can be described as nothing short of technical, but good hatches of midges and BWOs have made for high-quality sight fishing on a daily basis.

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

Fall on the Gallatin River is all about getting back to basics. Classic wade fishing for wild trout. Go for a walk, enjoy the fall scenery, and expect to get into some good fishing. Hatches will bring fish up, streamers will get chased, and nymphs will consistently catch. As fun as it gets.

October 2019 Montana Fly Fishing Forecast

October 2019 Montana Fly Fishing Forecast

It’s going to be a good one folks. Looking forward into October our Montana fly fishing guides are excited for what’s to come. We have had a taste of winter with all-time early season snow storms moving through Montana, but looks like classic fall weather will be back this week and the trout will be on the feed.

Fly fishing was great across all of our area waters through the end of September with BWOs hatching on the Missouri River, Yellowstone River, and Madison River daily as well as some of the best streamer fishing in recent memory. Look for all of this to only improve as we move through the month. We found whole banks boiling with rising fish during this last cold spell and expecting this to become a regular event in the weeks to come.

We often get asked: where is the best place to fly fish in Montana in October? The answer really is there is no wrong answer. Weather permitting anglers can expect a solid bite, great scenery, and strong hatches all throughout our region. For true solitude we recommend the waters around Bozeman, MT. For the best catching there is nowhere better to be than the Missouri River.

For anglers interested in targeting the biggest and baddest of Montana brown trout, October is one of our favorite months for fly fishing with streamers in pursuit of trophy trout. Anglers can expect to fish hard but be rewarded with quality fish. Our guides always recommend hitting the water early for the best streamer bite as the action generally tapers off as bugs (BWOs, caddis, etc.) begin to hatch. We often have to spend the afternoons sight fishing to rising fish. Tough problem to have!

Looking at our guide calendar we do have some availability in October for 2019 but many of our guides are just about booked up. If you are interested in an October fly fishing trip, contact us and we would be happy to answer any and all questions. See you on the water!

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 9/15/19

Bozeman, MT Fly Fishing Report 9/15/19

Bozeman, Montana Fly Fishing Overview

Fall is in the air in Bozeman, MT and our Montana fly fishing guides and anglers have been enjoying great fly fishing on a daily basis. We’ve received our first taste of cooler and wetter weather over the past week and were treated to great hatches of Blue Winged Olives (BWOs) and Fall Drakes on our Bozeman area rivers. Anglers can expect this pattern to continue through the end of the month: cooler overcast and rainy days will mean good mayfly hatches while warmer and sunnier days will continue to produce good hopper fishing. Smaller terrestrials will also continue to be important for dry fly anglers and trout as flying ants and beetles will stay on the menu. Streamer fishing has started to pick up across Montana as has the fall nymph bite on the Missouri River. Look for hatches and the fly fishing to only get better through the end of the month. Late September is one of our favorite times of the year to fly fish in Montana: quiet river and strong hatches make for fun days on the river. Our guide’s calendars are just about booked for September but still time to plan your Fall fly fishing trip to Bozeman or the Missouri River in October.

Yellowstone River Fly Fishing Report

The main event around Bozeman, MT from now through October. The hopper bite has remained strong and excellent hatches of BWOs and Fall Drakes on the more overcast days have meant excellent dry fly fishing for our guides and anglers. Flows are low enough that wading has become a great option. We expect for fishing only to improve through the end of the month as mayfly hatches improve and the streamer bite picks up with the cooler weather. Nymphing has remained productive with dead-drifted streamers, stonefly nymphs, and larger caddis and mayfly nymphs producing well, trout and whitefish alike. Nowhere bad to fish right now with the Yellowstone fishing well from Gardiner to Columbus.

Madison River Fly Fishing Report

Will hopper madness on the Madison River continue though the end of the month? Looks like it. While the fish on the Upper Madison have certainly become more wary than they were in late-July and early August, we have still had a good hopper bite on an almost daily basis. Cooler, wetter, and overcast weather will make for tougher hopper fishing. On these days anglers are better off sticking to nymphing, streamer fishing, or targeting slower pools and look for fish rising to BWOs. October caddis have started to show up as well. The Lower Madison has also come into shape again, making for great fishing close to home.

Missouri River Fly Fishing Report

Mother ‘Mo always provides and this September will be no exception. Weeds will persist downstream until later in the fall, but expect for good hatches of BWOs and callibaetis to pick up over the next month and make for great dry fly fishing up and downstream from Craig, MT. Hoppers and Ants will also stay on the menu through the end of the month. Nymphing on the upper river from Holter Dam to Craig has been good and will only get better. Going deep in the morning and short in the afternoon should keep your rod bent all day. Sowbugs, Czech nymphs zebra midges and small mayfly nymphs should have you covered.

Yellowstone National Park Fly Fishing Report

September is a great month to be an angler in Yellowstone National Park. Our guides focus primarily on the Lamar Valley region through the early-fall where the Lamar River drainage offers great hatches and fly fishing for native Cutthroat trout. Fall drakes are the main attraction, generally hatching mid-morning through mid-afternoon. The best hatches can be expected on colder, wetter days, but patient anglers should be able to coax fish to the surface under all conditions. Hoppers and beetles will stay on the menu through the end of the month. Anglers headed west can also expect good fishing on the Madison River drainage with great streamer fishing on the Madison River and solid hatches on the Firehole River. It’s swing season on the west side for wet fly enthusiasts.

Paradise Valley Spring Creek Fly Fishing Report

Hatches have been thin overall, but hatches of sulphurs will keep things interesting and BWOs will only improve through the end of the month on cooler and overcast days. Nymphing will be the key to consistent success right now on the spring creeks. Small mayfly nymphs, zebras, and sowbugs on 6x and 7x fluorocarbon will produce. Conditions are not easy on the spring creeks, but anglers can expect challenging but rewarding fishing.

Gallatin River Fly Fishing Report

Flows are perfect for wade fishing from top to bottom and the East Gallatin. Dry fly fishing has been great and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Hopper fishing has been the main attraction on sunnier days and mayfly attractors will get it done on cooler overcast days. Nymphing and streamer fishing will only get better as we move through the month as the larger brown trout become more aggressive.