What a magical time to be in Western Montana! Although I have been fly fishing for many years in Montana, this was our first trip in the Fall. The mission was to hunt for the elusive "gravel gargoyle" or "riffle dragon" which are local references for a brown trout in excess of 24"..... We came close, and landed several very respectable browns on this short trip, but none in excess of that 24" mark. Regardless, fishing was good to excellent during our 5 days. Big trout were eating everything from streamers and big hoppers, to tiny #22 dries.....The elk were screaming in the river bottoms, and the Fall colors were starting to pop. The higher elevations had already received their first dusting of snow while we were there. For anyone who hasn't experienced Montana fly fishing in the Fall, I highly encourage you to do so....! Here are a few memories from the trip.
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