The cold weather has arrived in force and it looks like it will stay for a while. Sub freezing night time temps and highs in the 40s with some wind have made fishing a bit of an un-fun challenge. I’m sure we’ll see a warm up again before the snow settles in so keep an eye on the weather and flows.

We had a bunch of rain this last week. Flows jumped substantially on the lower Clark Fork and forks of the Flathead. The Flathead main-stem however has remained relatively stable as they have been dropping the South Fork a bit. Water temps continue to fall and fishing has been tough. The bump in flows, drop in temps, and off color water on the lower Clark has made for mediocre fishing as well. We are still catching some nice fish but it’s been more work. Hopefully the cold weather will get the BWOs and Mohagany duns out in force and we can get some good dry fly fishing in. It really hasn’t materialized yet this fall with any consistency. Flows will likely drop this week and things should come around for another dose of fall fishing before old man winter really kicks in.

If you’re heading out bring some October caddis pooopas, rubberlegs, SJWs, princes, p-tail jigs etc for subsurface offerings. A bugger rod should be on board as well as the dry fly rod and dry dropper rod. Be prepared to employ all tactics to piece the day together. Or you can go shoot some birds and forget about it…

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