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October 09, 2013October

When October arrives, with it comes the transition to winter. Lately here in Jackson Hole, the weather has varied considerably, with snow and fast-moving early season storms making frequent appearances. Animals are doing their best to put on the pounds for the upcoming winter. Trout do this too, sipping Blue Winged Olives and the odd grasshopper that stumbles into the cold current.

Jamie with a nice cutthroat

Jamie showing off one of the nice trout from the weekend

We’ve been trying to make the most of things around here, fishing as much as possible and tying any necessary flies that aren’t already in the fly boxes. Jamie and I got out this past weekend, spending one day scouting for fall-run brown trout and another day on a beautiful Dubois trout river. We failed to locate staging browns in the lake. The wind added considerable challenges and it’s probably still a little early, but it never hurts to check…. Nymphing proved successful on the moving water. Jamie ended up landing several really nice cutthroat trout during the hours we spent out. Besides the trout, we saw mule deer, pronghorn, a fox and two Grizzly bears.

crossing paths

One of the two Grizzlies we saw on our drive home. These guys walked right by our car

The Gov’t shutdown has affected things around here. GTNP, Yellowstone and the National Elk Refuge are all closed at the moment, denying access to the anglers and guides who hoped to fish, not to mention all the folks who were planning to enjoy the parks in arguably the best month of the year to sightsee. I’m doubtful that things will reopen before the season ends and we’ll probably have to wait until next year to fish the miles of great water in our parks. In the meantime there are still plenty of fishy waters to explore that remain open and unaffected from the idiots in Washington. Tributaries in the forest are still fishing well and bigger rivers the like Snake are in their prime.


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