Missoula Fishing Report 3/10
Officially Spring is here. The rivers around Missoula are starting to wake up from their winter time routine. The key word being “Starting”. By no means are things on fire yet. That being said we have seen some fair to middle of the road dry fly fishing. At the apex of the fishing day, you might have some dry fly action from 2:30 to 2:57 pm. It’s not ramp to ramp yet, but it will get there soon. It’s already the 1oth of March. It’s not far off. Your bro’s might say it’s on, but just know if your main goal is fish in the net, throw on a bobber and catch ’em from the back seat.
The Bitterroot: Just as a PSA, this river is busy this time of the year. Lot’s of folks are trying to get rid of Cabin Fever. Try to avoid the traffic and use the line of sight rule when other anglers are in the area. ( Stay far enough away from people that they can’t see you) If there are already 5 boats launching at a certain access try to move up or down river where there is less traffic. Everyone will have a better day.
The Fishing – The fish are still in their winter water. Look for the insides., the soft diamond chop, the “Subtle spring water”.
The go to this time of year is the double nymph rig. Any combo of a stonefly, worm, prince or Copper John will get eaten. Play with your depth and the water you are fishing until the fish start to eat your bugs.
Like I said, the dry fly fishing will be here soon. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week. When that happens make sure you have plenty of Skwalas, BWO’s, and Nemoura patterns.
The Clark Fork: Ditto
Rock Creek: A great late winter early spring option. If you want to wade fish and avoid the boat traffic this is a great option. The double nymph rig in the 5-7 foot deep, walking speed water will get you fish. just look for where lazy trout can sit and have the food come to them. Again, rubberlegs, worms, and the like are your best bets.
The Blackfoot: This river stays cold and seems to be the one that takes the longest to get going in the spring. That being said, you can still catch some fish. Nymphing and streamers on the low and slow program are your best bet.
The Missouri: The Mo seems to be off and on day to day. When it’s on it has been good. we were there earlier this week and pink was still the ticket to catch trout. The Amex, big Czechs, and big pink scuds were the answer. good days over there when the wind and the weather are cooperating.
Overall… It’s good now, but only going to get better. Keep the Skwala box close, they will show in numbers anytime now. BWO’s will be here too. For now the bobber is king.
Remember these river belong to all of us. Lets work together to enjoy our great spring fishing we have around Missoula.
We have guides ready to get you out for spring fishing. take advantage of the early dry fly action and give us a call if you want to fish with us this spring. (406) 728-7766