October 16th—A Couple of Beautiful Days
The weekend is shaping into a beautiful classic October couple of days. Highs in the upper 50′s are forecasted and you can bet there will be a few fisherman out soaking in the nice weather. October has been a very snow filled month so far, and all the clouds have made the fish happy. Baetis should continue throughout the month on all the area rivers, with the best action occurring on cloudy afternoons. Streamer fishing continues to produce aggressive fish from the Lower Madison up through and into the Park stretch. Somedays its all about color-white? yellow? black? Other days its is all about retrieve rates-fast? slow? erratic? And other days it is a combination-fast, deep and erratic? slow, shallow, and seductive? Experimentation can be the key to successful streamer fishing in the Fall. Nymphing will always be good this time of year with small Shop Vacs, Crystal Serendipities, and SJW’s being a good lead fly. But I wouldn’t nymph without a #18-#20 pheasant tail this time of year. So my rig usually consists of a shop vac with a PT dropper, both on 5x. Time to get out there and fish!