What a fall we’ve had around here. The month of October
has been about as nice as I can remember. Most days this
month were sunny and warm; naturally the fishing was great!
I got in a few last trips for the season, taking anglers floating
on the Snake and walking in on Flat creek too. The Snake is
down to winter flows and the fish have settled in and have
been feeding voraciously in preparation for winter. It was
pretty great to put clients on riffles that were just stacked with
nice fat fish sipping away on midges. Also, we got to fish
some large October caddis patterns, fooling some aggressive
cutthroat along the way.
Late October is also the time that anglers around here get
excited and target fall-run Brown trout in places like Lewis
Lake in Yellowstone National Park and the upper Snake above
Jackson Lake. This year I haven’t gotten out on my own quite
as much as I’d like; having a pup in the house requires
constant attention and doesn’t allow one to sneak away for day
trips to the north. That’s okay though. Ruby James has proved
to be a good little pup, biting aside. She’s been out in the drift
boat four times so far in her short 11 week life; twice fishing
lakes and twice on the Snake. On all adventures she did great
and seemed to enjoy being on the water.
Friend and longtime client, Mark, took advantage of
some superb fall weather. We floated the Snake and had a
banner day with dry flies and hungry trout!
Ruby James getting acquainted with the oars; she’ll
make a fine fishing dog..