We’re one week into September and can finally feel the shifting of the seasons.  We appear to have pushed through our eddy of summer swelter and our hoot owl restrictions were lifted on Wednesday.  Our ten day weather forecast is showing highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s and we are embracing the cool down.  Fall fishing has arrived.

With the return of nighttime temperatures in the 40s, we are able to shift back to a later timeframe and spend more time enjoying the afternoon hatches that have started to become the norm.  The sounds of grasshoppers lining the banks are still present, and tricos have arrived throughout the drainage.  These early fall days are a great combination of brazen, decisive hopper eats on a well twitched fly, followed by subtle sips on a perfectly presented trico.  Our hopper fishing will continue until we find ourselves firmly in the grasp of fall, and then we’ll shift gears to mahoganies, hecubas, and blue wing olives; testing our mettle with light tippet, small flies, and discerning mature fish rising on rhythm.

The elk are bugling and the grasshoppers are chirping, what’s not to love about September?


Join us this Fall

We are sold out for our all-inclusive packages at the lodge, but do have availability for day trip and hotel based fly fishing packages this September and October.

Our full day trips are $650 per guide day and include a shoreside lunch, use of rods and reels, as well as all flies and tippet.

Hotel Package information and rates can be found at the link below:

Missoula River Lodge – Hotel Packages

Give us a call to plan your fall trip!  We’d love to share our water with you.

406-880-0542 | [email protected]