Turkey Week Fishing Report
Water temps 44.5F
Flows below Holter Dam about 4K.
Pressure: Waning daily as the days pass us by in November.
Guide trips out today, later this week. Guide trips available 364 days a year.
Bugs: Fewer daily on the surface. Not many want to hatch this time of year. Midges, a few Pseudo’s.
Trout Spey Bite: Pretty good. When the majority of the hatching insects time out the swing bite improves. And that is the period we are currently experiencing. Some have put the Scandinavian System/lines away and are focussing not he Skagit System for the remainder of the year. Time to get deeper and scrape them off the bottom. Find the buckets, drops, undulations that are holding our November and December trout. Heavier flies as well. Skagit tips including a portion of T-8 have become the daily trend. Headhunters is Montana’s Trout Spey HQ. The right gear for Montana’s Ultimate Swing River.
Nymhers are short and shallow. But soon they will be longer, deeper. Split shot will become part of the winter rig. Along with pink(er) patterns. For the time being we love sows, scuds, firebeads, Zebra’s, and tiny mayfly nymphs. And, we got yer bobbers too.
Dry Fly Anglers: Tying flies at home? Gotta have your dry rod along, afternoon action, or early morning midge stuff. May have a couple events as we move through the end of the month, but the dry fly bite may have gone to bed…
Streamer anglers like the light lines or intermediate tips in skinny water. Some are deeper with heavier wink tips and dredging the deeper runs and buckets. Why not have two streamer rods at the ready and fish each according to the water type you are near, and or in. Leeches, flashy, white, and black.
Enjoy the week ahead. Don’t work too hard. See you at the shop in downtown Craig Montana.