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While most of the outdoor activities this time of year revolve around one question “ Did you get your elk yet?” the savvy fisherman knows this might just be a great time to land a really large fish.
Montana weather is crazy. The second half of September and the first few weeks of October were below normal in temps and even the first permanent snow on the mountains. Now we are in what many call extended Indian summer with highs in the 50’s. If this weather pattern continues it means two things. First hunters are going to angry and second, fisherman will love it. Our extended autumn has given us a bonus season.
Fall fishing on the Madison River is just spectacular right now. I am not sure what is more vibrant the colors of the falling leaves or the brown trout. Each are dressed up for the party. While the Madison River continues to be really low and boney it continues to fish well. The brown trout are aggressive to both streamers, nymphs and egg patterns. If your looking for the fish of the year out of the Madison now is the time to forgo hunting for a day and throw some fur around.
It is not hard to see why fall Fly fishing on the Madison River is such a great time. The water has cooled off significantly in fact, the best fishing has been after 11 am. Bankers hours fishing, beautiful scenery and big aggressive fish make fall wonderful. Streamers and nymphs have been the name of the game and some have still been throwing hoppers and having great days. The cooler weather last week sure help put the fish and foliage in fall mode