Fall Hunting and Fishing, an update from Josh Duchateau, Head Guide and Outfitter
We are in the midst of another wonderful holiday season and closing in on another year’s end. Unfortunately this means that it is time for me to complete fishing log reports for Montana’s Fish,Wildlife, and Parks Department and the Board of Outfitters, which doesn’t allow much time for fishing at the moment. On a positive note I can see the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel.” Uncharacteristically I have only fished a handful of days this fall, the least in at least twelve years. I am not sure what this means or indicates, but what I do know is that I spent a lot of time this past month in the mountains searching for elk, grouse and whatever else one might seek among Montana’s beautiful peace and quiet. This was the first hunting season that I did everything on my own which left me with a certain tranquil gratification that I haven’t felt since I set out for Montana by myself on an Amtrack train with nothing but a bag of clothes, fly rod and a dream, years ago in my late teens. Harvesting and hauling an elk out of the mountains is a daunting task with two people, but when this is done solo it becomes a test. After days of butchering and many sore muscles that I didn’t even know that I had, my friends, family, and I should be eating “grass fed and organically” all winter.
Now as for fishing, when I have been out the fishing has been good to great. The catching has also been good to great. The lake, reservoir, and freestone stream bite is definitely winding down now that the snow and ice have begun to pile up on their edges. No worries though, there are plenty of tail water and spring creek options to fill our appetite. Just last week, Brady managed to land fish on streamers, nymphs, and dry flies while we were on the ever world famous Depuy’s Spring Creek.
Now as daylight dwindles and nights grow longer, what else would I do besides spend my time reading other fishing blogs, watching fishing videos and dissecting fishing product reviews? Here are a couple you might be interested in, a video about fly fishing in Montana, Breathe, and an Orvis Helios 2 product review. You can also check out our Facebook page for additional photos. Enjoy!
Merry “Fish”mas and Happy Holidays!
Head Guide and Outfitter