This weekend in Missoula is sure to see some big fish on the line, and it better be yours. If you want to get into fish this weekend it’s time to embrace the 5X tippet, the small mayflies, and the drift you’ve perfected all summer long. From the Blackfoot to the Bitterroot, the fish are going to be sipping smaller dries in the soft stuff – if you can get it there and keep it from dragging over their heads. Now is the time for the downstream presentation, the reach cast, and a bit of stealth. The early fall sun is casting long shadows, so be aware of your position in the river and add a few feet to that leader. You’ll get them on the dry, if you stick with it.
|Still life with frosted flies. The mornings are getting chilly, but the afternoons are seeing fish move on
everything from the hoppers to the purple haze. Wader up and get in there.
For the weekend warrior whose been basking in the wet wading bliss of summer, it’s time to take your medicine. Wader up son, whether you’re getting in there early or taking an evening float. The chill in the air is bearable until you get wet, and with water temps hovering in the fifties, I’m not dipping my biscuits in the tea this weekend. Shrinkage is a global epidemic, and I’m not falling victim to the scourge of soggy feet and frozen balls. Get the layers on and plan for cooler mornings and perfect afternoons.