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October Browns, Stripping Streamers & Fall in Montana

February 23, 2023

For the uninitiated, October fly fishing on the Missouri River is a rite of passage. The brown trout are pre-spawn, the rainbows are eagerly feeding with the anticipation of a long winter, and the anglers all capitalize on incredibly aggressive fish.

As temperatures slowly drop for their summer highs, the trout of the Missouri River become reinvigorated. Pods of fish happy rise to Blue Winged Olives, undisturbed. Large rainbows cruise, hunting down fry and other baitfish.

Whatever your preferred method, October offers a chance to practice it. Due to the unique culmination of the seasons, water temperatures and insect life cycles, trout respond well to nearly every method of fly fishing this time of year. If stripping streamers all day to angry brown trout is your style, we've got you covered. If learning to cast a two handed spey rod, and swinging for trout sounds intriguing, we can do that to. If you want to take your time and cast to rising rainbows, you'll be pleasantly rewarded.

October is one our staff's favorite months— not just for the incredible fishing, but also the unique pace of life. The tiny trout town of Craig, MT takes on a more leisurely atmosphere. The beautiful, crisp fall air is greeted by the sighting of elk, deer and wonderful migratory birds. It's our favorite time to get outdoors, experience the beauty of Montana, and taste local fall flavors.

Drop us a line and we hope to see you soon!



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