Final Days

Well if you look at the calendar, it’s the middle of October, fishing will be slowing down significantly over the next month and then …. it’s over. Bottom line is that if you still got the need for spotted fish, you’d best get r done. And as of right now, the autumn beauty of the river and creek bottoms is still well worth the gander. But that too shall soon cease Get it when you can.

It’s been interesting since I last checked in. Air temps have generally been warm to very warm …..except for the 12″ of snow we received a week ago. The white stuff is gone and it did marvelous things for the volume of water in our local waters. Rock Creek was pretty much dried up two weeks ago. But now it’s somewhat difficult to cross. That’s a telling story of the amount of precipitation received and the fact that FINALLY, the irrigators have shut down the withdrawal ditches. I could go on and on about the lack of water this year, but I’m going to choose to be watchful and an optimist. Time shall tell how much, if any, adversity befell the trout and all the other itty bitty critters that live or depend on clean clear water. Suffice it to say, it was a tough year to be a fish.

One can’t just sit and stew and brew, so out to the rivers I have ventured. The missions were simple, soak up the beautiful when it still last and store enough of to make it through what is suppose to be a very nasty winter. The scenery has been stunning and the fishing has certainly been better than expected. The browns are beginning to spawn and their attitudes and coloration reflect their focus, so please watch where you are stepping. I’m noticing a number of spawning beds nestled in the gravels along the stream edges. Given the difficulties these fish experienced this summer, every redd, every egg, and every fry matters.

Catching has not been what I’d describe as rocket science. The usual streamers are working just fine. It’s more a matter of getting the big and uglies in front of the fish, they usually do the rest. Rainbows have seemed to favor smallish nymphs in the riffles and I’ve seen some real nice fish caught over the last few weeks on #16 beaded headed whatevers. Browns, as usual have favored girdle bugs …. no news there.

It’s going fast …. might want to find your snow shovel ….. the end is near (so to speak).

And one last thought …. If you like what you see, thank the staff photographer and his smarty pants phone. My camera is toast but his works wonders ….

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1 Response to Final Days

  1. theresa manning says:

    My dentist I found out loves Montana; has never been; wants to go to Big Sky – he loves to SKI – and says he doesn’t think his wife would want to live there but he’d go sight unseen from all he’s heard about Montana from people he’s met. I told him I’d plan a trip for him and he should stay
    in Red Lodge (is our favorite B&B still there?) and take a spin down the Stillwater with you even though he had not fly fished, but would be open to trying. Anyway, I sung your praises and figured I should get in touch and wish you and yours MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
    Have you stayed well and avoided covid? I have so far.
    Enjoyed the pictures and last thing you wrote.
    xoTfrom the Far East

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