Monday, December 6, 2010

Early season 2010 { Missouri River Montana}

( Check out the boat in the left hand side of Photo)
In June, we did have great nymph fishing despite the very high water. At one point the river did reach 19,000 fps, normal water flows during the summer is around 4000 fps. But, June is a month in which we have the great water temperatures, the river really comes alive with Baetis, PMD's, and the Caddis are full on; Crane flys, Crayfish, and  the Leeches are very active. With the high water  Earth worms are being eroded into the river from the crumbling river banks, and the trout gorge and grow like crazy during this  warm wet month. The largest of the trout in the river are very susceptible to being roped in from wild eyed anglers...Near the end of the month , the Tricos are getting going and one can start to see the vast clouds of what appears to be smoke above the bridges and banks of the river. In the Mornings , the Tricos hatch , and in just a few hours , are mating in great numbers , dancing up and down forming the " smoke" above the  river banks , "put ins" , bridges, and  islands in and around the river. After mating , the female Trico lays here eggs on the water and then dies,( spinner fall) creating a smorgasbord of trout food that float right to the feeding lanes of the awaiting and hungry trout. There is such a vast quantity of the dead Tricos ( spinners), that the trout group together in "pods" ( safety in numbers), and lay just below the surface of the water, just having to raise their heads to take in the carpet of Trico spinners.  I have seen some trout 'heard" with their mouths open, for up to 3-4 seconds, then gulping down the banquet, feeding like pigs at a trough, taking in as many as they can fit into mouths. Most, feed taking in just one or two at a time, usually in a timing rhythm, of a one,  two,  three,  four. This will continue as long as the spinner fall last, usually dependent on how strong the wind is blowing, or, a if a bird fly's over the pod, or, if a fisherman makes a bad cast , landing the line on top of the feeding trout. When this happens, the pod, "blows up", or jolts the trout to move quickly and swim downward and get off the surface of the water as quick as possible, throwing some water as they descend. If there is a enough 'bugs" floating over the trout, they will return to feed in just a few seconds, if the numbers of  bugs are not as thick, it can take much longer.
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