The Fishing Report
The fishing in Montana has been very good recently, especially before the winter blast that moved in over the weekend. This is the time of year that big browns move into rivers out of some of the larger reservoirs and lakes on the Madison and Missouri rivers. Often the biggest browns don't move in until the very end of October and mid November can produce some of the largest trout of the season. The weather is predicted to warm up a bit and the fishing should rebound and improve. Although Yellowstone Park is now closed the waters between the lakes on the Madison are producing some big browns as is the Missouri river between the lakes in the land of the Giants area. As colder weather produces an ice film on the lake the jet boat traffic is removed and the colder weather chases off some fair weather anglers. The best flies for the monster trout are often egg patterns in November but big streamers also produce.
In addition to targeting large lake run fish the fishing on the spring creeks has also been decent with baetis hatches on cloudy days.