Photos: Guides’ Day Out in the Land of Giants

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


The colors of the fall browns on the Missouri are deep and gorgeous.
All photos courtesy Montana Angler Fly Fishing

Here are some recent photos of a great day on Montana’s Missouri River chasing lake-run fish. Montana Angler guides Brian McGeehan, Hank Welles, Bill Buchbauer, and Doug Casey chased browns that move out of the lakes to spawn, as well as the rainbows that follow to eat eggs of whitefish, kokanee and browns. Swinging streamers and nymphing egg patterns can produce some great tugs. The streamer fishing is best at dawn and dusk, and nymphing egg patterns produces best at midday. When the weather cooperates, November can produce some awesome fishing in the Big Sky state!

Brian McGeehan is owner and outfitter of Montana Angler Fly Fishing, an Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition in Bozeman, Montana. 


Hank Welles casts a two-hander to present flies to midriver trout.

When the mercury hits 30, ice in the guides becomes a problem.

Hank releases a beautiful, 22-inch rainbow.

Bill Buchbauer hooks up, while the photographer warms up.

The big brown took Bill quite a way downriver.

The 20-inch brown fought hard to the end.

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