Almost Fall

Summer-like weather is winding down rapidly here in Western Montana, every morning the temps have been in the low 40′s or so. Although the temperatures are cooling off, the wildfires are still burning strong. Last week we had very bad Smoke hanging in the Missoula and Bitterroot Valleys. So bad your visibility was limited to less than half a mile in a lot of places.

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In the above picture, there are mountains only a mile away from the road, you wouldn’t of even known they were there last week. Although the air has been bad for visibilty and maybe your lungs, in my opinion it has helped the fishing some. We’ve seen good mayfly action lately, particularly with Trico’s, Hecuba’s and a few others mixed in. Even though the small dry fly fishing is going well, the weather is still dry enough to where they have been eating medium sized terrestrial stuff still. I’ve had some time to fish by myself lately which is nice once in a while.

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Couple smaller browns

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Brining a good one to hand

I had a chance to pick up a couple guide days over the weekend. We had some really cool guys in the boat and they really enjoyed the fishing and the atmosphere there is in the Bitterroot Valley.

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Ed’s small Bull Trout that ate a dry

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Mixing Business with Relaxation

In the next couple weeks the weather will probably really turn over, or at least I hope. Even without school I know I would not be able to get to all the hunting and fishing I want to do this fall. Fishing the Beaverhead, Bighole, Madison, and Yellowstone. Bowhunting Whitetails. Elk Hunting. Duck hunting at least 2x or 3x a week. It’s hard to fit it all in. But ya gotta try.

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