Cold Weather and Happy Trout in Bozeman – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Cold Weather and Happy Trout in Bozeman

It has been a long season of guiding, helping folks in our Bozeman fly shop find their way across Southwest Montana, and continually looking for some cold water and happy trout. Shorter days and cooler temperatures have finally turned everything around and the woes of summer now seem like someone else’s problem! This last weather system has seriously improved conditions which finally made for some easy fishing on the last few fly fishing guide trips of mine here in Bozeman.

The lower Yellowstone has been open once again for a coupe of weeks now as the instances of the fish kill have declined and seem to be a thing of the past. Although the flows are low, the water temperatures have come back down to reasonable levels and has been great to see the trout on the feed over there once again. Hoppers and small dries were finding fish in current seams and drop-offs while a small rubber leg dropper was the ticket in the deeper glides.

The summer grind is over and we are all looking forward to the days and weeks ahead when the beanies replace the ball caps on a crisp, fall day. All of the Hoot Owl restrictions and river closures on the waters around Bozeman have been lifted The Yellowstone River continues to be closed between Point of Rocks and HWY-89; it is only open below 89 and above POR. Our guides have been spreading out and getting away from other anglers with ease the last week with the easing of the various restrictions.