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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Montana Destination Fly Fishing Trip Report for 8/13/2017

I hosted a group of friends and clients on a destination fly fishing trip in southwest Montana last week, so I don’t have a Sarasota report. This is an annual trip for me and was my 16th year fishing there. We fished the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Jefferson and Madison Rivers, a couple of creeks and lakes and caught and released numerous brown, rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout during the week. We used streamers, dry flies and nymphs on 3 through 6-weight fly tackle. The dry fly action was with a variety of grasshopper patterns, sometimes with a nymph dropper, or with a smaller dry fly and a few other bugs.

Capt. Rick with a Montana brown trout caught and released while stripping streamers with guide Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT.

Capt. Rick with a Montana brown trout caught and released while stripping streamers with guide Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT.

Guide Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, with a big Montana rainbow caught and released by Mike Perez, from IN, on a streamer.

Guide Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, with a big Montana rainbow caught and released by Mike Perez, from IN, on a streamer.

Tim Siegel, from IN, met up with Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, FL and me in Bozeman on Sunday afternoon, 8/6 and made the 2-hour drive to Dillon. Mike Perez, from IN, met up with us in Dillon after driving out from IN and fishing a few days before the rest of the group arrived. We stayed in a ranch house, remodeled as a fisherman’s vacation home, near the Beaverhead River outside of Dillon.

Tim Siegel, from IN, with a cutthroat caught and released on a dry fly while fishing an alpine lake at 7500' with guide Cody Meine on his Smallhorn Mountain Ranch.

Tim Siegel, from IN, with a cutthroat caught and released on a dry fly while fishing an alpine lake at 7500′ with guide Cody Meine on his Smallhorn Mountain Ranch.

Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, FL, and guide Scott Allison with rainbow trout caught and released on a dry fly while fishing the Big Hole River.

Lynn Skipper, from Apollo Beach, FL, and guide Scott Allison with rainbow trout caught and released on a dry fly while fishing the Big Hole River.

Mike and I fished a spring creek one day with guide Dave King, owner of King Outfitters (406) 596-0209 in Dillon, and had good action with brookies on hoppers on 3 and 4-weight fly tackle. Lynn and I fished the Big Hole with another guide one day and also had some dry fly action.

Lynn, Mike and Tim fished the Jefferson on a couple of trips with Dave and had good action with rainbow and brown trout on a variety of rigs. Mike, Tim and I also fished some other areas a few days with Dave and caught and released some quality rainbows.

Montana spring creek dry fly brookie

Montana spring creek dry fly brookie

Guide Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, and Mike Perez, from IN, fish a Montana spring creek for brookies with hoppers on 3 and 4-weight fly tackle.

Guide Dave King, of King Outfitters in Dillon, MT, and Mike Perez, from IN, fish a Montana spring creek for brookies with hoppers on 3 and 4-weight fly tackle.

Several of us fished an alpine lake at 7500’ a couple of days with guide Cody Meine on his family’s Smallhorn Ranch and had good action with cutthroats on dry flies. Cody and his daughter, Kayla also hosted us back at the ranch each evening with some great Montana home cooking.

One of the best things about fly fishing in southwest Montana is the variety. The fishing there is by either floating or wading. The weather and scenery were outstanding with temperatures ranging from a very comfortable high 40’s in the morning to the mid 70’s or 80 degrees in the afternoon with low humidity, a welcome relief from southwest Florida’s heat and humidity in August. From tarpon on a 12-weight to brookies and cutthroats on a 3-weight, it’s all good especially with everything that goes along with it! In addition to beautiful valleys surrounded by rugged mountains, the wildlife is amazing! We saw whitetail and mule deer, pronghorn antelope, hawks, eagles, ducks, geese and sand hill cranes.

Back in Sarasota, catch and release snook fishing around dock lights and bridges and trout, blues and more on deep grass flats should be good options. There should still be some tarpon in the coastal gulf, in upper Charlotte Harbor and areas of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Juvenile tarpon in canals and creeks may also be a good option, if you can find them. You might also find them in a few places mixed with snook in dock lights.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
IFFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
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Capt. Rick Grassett’s Sarasota, FL Fishing Report for 8/5/2017

Fly anglers fishing with me recently, out of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, continued to have some action with tarpon. Despite poor conditions with the passing of Tropical Storm Emily, we got out for a couple of trips. When fish were high in the water column and visibility was good, we had the best action. We had about a dozen shots and jumped one tarpon on one of the trips.

Tarpon fishing in the gulf should still be an option depending on conditions. You should find juvenile tarpon in creeks, canals and turning basins. This is also a good time frame to sight fish for snook in the surf. However, snook season remains closed on the west coast of Florida until Sep 1st, so please handle them gently and release them quickly. Fishing lighted docks and bridges in the ICW for snook and tarpon with flies and DOA Lures should also be a good option.

Tight Lines,
Capt. Rick Grassett
FFI Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
Orvis Outfitter of the Year-2011
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc.
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