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Montana Fall Fly Fishing Overview

Color is what fall fly fishing trips in Montana are all about. The leaves on the trees light up to various shades of gold, the rivers run gin clear and shades of green and blue start to mix with the river rock below, and the trout change too. Our brown trout become pumpkin orange and black as they start thinking about the spawn and the rainbows turn deep shades of green and silver with their red and pink becoming more exaggerated. There is not a more beautiful time of year to experience guided fly fishing in Montana than the fall with our Montana fly fishing guides. And the fly fishing is great too.

The great hatches of summer continue into September and October but mirror the bugs from the spring. BWOs, hoppers, ants, callibaetis, drakes, sulphurs, and caddis are all on the menu. By late September the streamer bite turns on all across our area as the brown trout become territorial and aggressive leading into their spawning season. Pressure is half of what is was mid-summer but the fishing is never better.

By October our weather pattern has changed and the weather turns crisp with cooler mornings and evenings. Our days start to get shorter again but the fall light makes for some of the most picturesque fly fishing in the world. Expect to fish the Yellowstone River, the Missouri River, the Madison River, Yellowstone National Park, and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks.

Fly fishing the many rivers around Bozeman, MT during the fall is something every angler needs to experience. The scenery is spectacular, the rivers are quiet, and the fish are on the feed. There is not much more an angler could ask for than Montana fall fly fishing.