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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!

September 2019 Montana Fly Fishing Forecast

September 2019 Montana Fly Fishing Forecast

September 2019 Montana Fly Fishing Forecast

Fall is in the air and we are looking forward to a great September full of fly fishing. 2019 has been the year of the hopper with some of the best hopper fishing in recent years. The bite should continue on through the middle of the month and into early October. Exciting news for our anglers and just as exciting for our Montana fly fishing guides.

Both our Bozeman Fly Fishing Basecamp and Missouri River Basecamp offer great fly fishing in the month of September. Anglers visiting Bozeman will have the widest variety of water to fish while those visiting our Missouri River Basecamp can expect some of the best fly fishing of the year on the Missouri River and the Blackfoot River. Still time to plan your 2019 September fly fishing trip.

September is always one of the best months for the dry fly angler as hoppers, stoneflies, mayflies, caddisflies, and small terrestrials are all in play. The bugs get smaller through the end of September with BWOs becoming significant to trout, anglers, and our guides by the last week. Strong hatches of bugs on the Missouri River make for great sight fishing to actively rising fish. Cooler days and quiet rivers are a bonus too.

The Yellowstone River is another great September option as flows are perfect for wade fishing, pressure is low, and hatches remain strong. Streamer fishing also picks up on the Yellowstone River as well as the Madison River, giving anglers shots as some of the biggest fish of the year. Hard to imagine a better time to fly fish in Montana.

Planning a 2020 Montana fly fishing trip? Bookings have started to roll in already for prime dates. Give us a call at 406-579-9553 anytime with questions or to book your trip.