Fishing report: Fall fishing is finally within reach

Matthew Kiewiet

The beginning of archery season in Montana is usually a good marker for when the summer fishing season gives way to fall. 

However, this season it looks like that even when the crowds disperse from the river in hopes to shoot an arrow into an elk, we’ll still have to endure peak summer temperatures. 

And so will the fish. 

You know the drill at this point. 

Unless the fish is going into the frying pan, look for an area with an overnight low in the 40s or 50s, fish hard in the morning and get off the water after lunch. Leave your fish in the water and keep them wet as much as possible while you remove the hook. 

Crush your barbs, especially when fishing big terrestrial imitations that a hungry trout might inhale.

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Blackfoot River — The Blackfoot has continued to fish well. The spruce moths are mostly gone, but people have seen a few tricos and the terrestrial fishing is still going. Tan, pink and peach hoppers with a rubberlegs, 20-incher, Perdigon or San Juan dropper has been the go-to rig for prospecting. Tricos in the late morning

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