Pick Your Poison by Weston Thier

October 30, 2014

Pick Your Poison by Weston Thier

It's easy to take this time of year for granted. Most of the leaves have fallen, nights are cold, days shorter, and ski season is around the corner. However, if you're like me, late fall is really the crown jewel of fishing seasons.  The fishing pressure on our larger rivers has largely dissipated with hunting season in full swing, dirty water is rarely a serious issue, water temperatures are in their prime, and fish are still feeding on a variety of food sources. The main hatches associated with warmer water temps are a thing of the past, but fish will continue to take the nymphs of all these bugs, and you won't have to think as hard about what the fish are taking off the surface when they are rising (look for baetis or midges.) Additionally, I've personally had a ton of fun recently experimenting with dead-drift streamer patterns. Sometimes it's as simple as throwing a little bugger under an indicator or tight-lining a zonker-style sculpin. Think about changing up the way you fish your standbies as the weather continues to cool. What at first might look like an off-day for streamer fishing could be saved by slowing things down and either dead-drifting or swinging your favorite patterns. Bottom line is, there are a plethora of great fishing options out there right now, and with the help of some strong coffee, a Montana Gazeteer, and a mind open to experimentation, you could very likely have your best day of the season. Cheers...

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