Things around here in Jackson have slowed dramatically over the past week. It’s as though someone threw a switch. Streets are quieter, rivers less crowded and trees have gone from green to mustard yellow. With only a handful of guided trips on the calendar this month, I am now focusing attention on my own fishing. Gone are the sandals and hoppers, replaced with waders, tiny mayflies and streamers.
Watching the snow fall outside this morning, it’s only fitting to talk about transitions. October brings change to the Northern Rockies. While snows and shrinking daylight warn of the encroaching winter, they also mark some of the best fishing around, ushering in thick blue wing olive hatches and large fall- run brown trout. No fisherman around here would think of going out this time of year without a handful of tiny olive mayfly and emerger patterns (packed snugly inside his gor-tex jacket of course). At the same time, there are some truly large brown trout who need attention too. Fortunately, in addition to the tiny dries, there’s another large box of flies, designed to be swung, in hopes of enticing one of these trophy trout, whose colors coincidently match the cottonwoods and aspens that line the riverbanks.
October fishing around Jackson…better get out before winter’s here.