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Fly Fishing Report for October 2016

Trout Fishing in October
The Blackfoot River downstream from Lincoln, Montana is one of the most beautiful rivers in the country. I get great streamer fishing here in October for browns, rainbows and cutthroats.

For my  Fly Fishing Report for October I want to discuss the techniques which are effective in fishing streamers for large trout all across the country.  I use these techniques in some of my favorite trout streams including the South Branch of the Smoke Hole in West Virginia, Hidden Valley of the Jackson in Virginia, the Beaver Kill in the Catskills and the Blackfoot River in Montana.  What flies do I use?  My top 6 flies:  Spuddler size 6, Murray’s Black Madtom/Sculpin size 8, Mr. Rapidan Streamer size 8, Murray’s Olive Marauder size 6, Murray’s Black Marauder size 6 and Shenandoah Silver Ghost Streamer size 10

Bass Fishing in October
Jeff Murray catches some of his largest bass by fishing the Murray’s Floating Chub Minnows in the tails of the river pools in October.

For the bass fishing in October I like to use my Floating Minnows. These are effective in catching large bass in the tails of the river pools during early October.  Toward the end of October the bass will move to deeper water then I switch to using the Murray’s Magnum Creek Chub size 4, Murray’s Magnum Darter size 4, and Murray’s Magnum Hog Sucker size 4.

Fly Fishing Workshops on Fly Casting, Fly Tying, Trout Fishing, Bass Fishing, Selecting Fly Rod Outfits, and More… starting in November on Saturdays at Murray’s Fly Shop from 10 a.m. to noon

Flyfishing and Catching Large Bass in the Ledge Pockets


Flyfishing and Catching Large Bass in the Ledge Pockets.  Many large bass move into the deep water as the rivers cool.  Earlier we discussed how to catch them in the large deep pools while flyfishing.  Today we’ll look at a different type water that attracts the bass and how to catch them.

Some large smallmouth rivers have limestone ledges that extend all the way across the river forming small natural dams.  They may come within two feet or two inches of the surface of the river and they may be within a hundred to two hundred feet of each other crossing the river.  The water between these ledges can range from three to six feet deep.  Those with water five to six feet deep hold many large bass as the river cools.

This provides some of my favorite and most productive fishing of the year.  First I wade in below the ledge and fish a Murray’s Cream Strymph 4 upstream of the ledge.  By fanning my casts upstream and using a line hand retrieve to swim my Strymph back downstream slightly faster than the current I cover all of the reach from my first location.  Then I wade across the river below the ledge, pausing at 20 feet intervals to repeat this method all the way across the river.  After covering the full width of the river I wade upstream along the side of the river and continue this method all the way upstream to the next ledge.

Line Hand Retrieve

A line hand retrieve is a valuable skill to master. From ponds and lakes to heavy river streamer runs there are times when a slow fly action is preferred. With the cold water temperatures found many places in the winter months, this is how I start off streamer fishing.

Winter Workshop

Learn to fly fish workshop: Discover the Secrets of Streamer Fishing for Trout
January 7, 2012 at Murray's Fly Shop in Edinburg, VA

Fly Fishing Deep Trout

Previously we discussed how to fish deeply with a floating line using streamers with a “sweeping a streamer” technique. This is very effective in pools out to about 30 feet. However, today let’s look at the method I use when I want to fish my streamers further out in large streams for the large trout at this time of the year.
In order to cover the deep water in the whole pool effectively I use a Teeny 200 fly line in which the first 24 feet of the line sinks quickly at 5.5 inches per second. My favorite tactic with this line is to wade into the stream just below the riffle and make a 30 foot cast across stream. After my streamer sinks deeply I swim it back across the stream bottom by stripping it six inches every ten seconds. Successive casts are made ten feet longer until I’m casting as far as comfortable. Then I wade down the side of the pool pausing every ten feet to repeat the same tactics. Often I’ll cover the whole pool this way until I start hanging up in the tail of the pool. Very effective streamers for large trout with this method are the Shenk’s Sculpin size 6 and 8 and Murray’s Black Madtom Sculpin size 6 and 8.

Big Fish

When you hook that big fish try to get downstream of him as quickly as possible to fight him. This way he has to fight both the force of the current and the pressure you put on him.