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Bitterroot River Fall

I’m not sure how many years we’ve fished together, but these guys are some of my very favorites year after year.  Easy going, great fishermen and casters, and tough as nails when the weather gets nasty; traits every fishing guide appreciates in a client.  Craig and Lyle show up every fall to the Bitterroot, sometime between late September and October, and they bring their A games every year.

Mahoganies and Hecubas are the bug of choice right now, especially with our weather turning cold and wet on the Bitterroot river.  Mornings can see a handful of Pseudos, but the real action is later in the day when the bigger mayflies start to pop.  Some days are just too damn nasty to get any real hatch coming off, so a slowly retrieved bugger will do the trick, waiting for that heavy pull as the bug comes cross current back to the boat.  Being a versatile angler has it paybacks, not afraid to throw some junk when you realize that elegant dry fly just ain’t gonna cut it today.