Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fighting Through the Sufferfest

So, a few days ago Jason B. and I exchanged a series of text messages debating whether or not we should float through some inclement weather, which he termed a "sufferfest." I ended up doing a solo walk and wade sufferfest, which included two browns over 20" and a lost opportunity on one pushing two feet.

However uncomfortable a sufferfest might be, the big fish usually come out to eat on the shittiest days. Here are a few pics I just received from my friend and photographer/videographer Austin Trayser from a sufferfest we enjoyed on the Blackfoot back in April. Thanks to Austin for sharing. The brown at the top was one of the biggest I've seen on the 'Foot. Yes, that is snow in the photos. It dumped on us all day.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Browns Are Getting Ornery

Great streamer action on the Mo yesterday. I have a new excellent streamer pattern that I may share with you all shortly. It was killing. Unfortunately, Brady, Josh and myself didn't land too many of the giants we moved or hooked. We did get this one in the net and one big hen (Missed the pic on that one). Probably saw 10 browns over 20 inches. Lots of nice 16-20" rainbows in the mix as well. I seem to have no problem sticking the 'bows but I've missed every big brown opportunity I've had for 4 weeks straight. I pretty much had a melt down after number 5 missed yesterday. I'm sticking with the junk though. Screw the risers!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Autumn Splendor

Today appears to be the last of the late summer weather. This is good news for elk hunters and fishermen. The fall hatches have been slow to kick in with daytime temperatures in the 80s. The tricos have been the main show around town, and the cold nights and late warmups have spelled extended trico fishing through the afternoons, with duns hatching early and late, and spinners falling in the middle. That looks set to change with 50s and 60s and rain in the forecast. Our prime fall bugs, the mahogany and blue-winged olive mayflies should respond accordingly.

Mayflies don't love bad weather. Quite the contrary. Low temperatures and wet conditions make them much more vulnerable to the trout. The duns have a harder time transitioning out of the nymphal stage and they spend a much longer time on the water. This makes them an easy meal and creates the blanket hatch-rising trout conditions we all love on the Bitterroot and lower Clark Fork.