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Missoula Fishing Report Friday May 15th

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Montana Creek Opener 5/16/2015

Missoula Fishing Report for: The third Saturday in May. What a wonderful day to be an angler. They tributaries and creeks open across the Beautiful state of Montana. During a normal water year this mean that we can finally find a smaller creek to get out on with clear water and a chance to throw dry flies. This year it won’t be that much of an issue. While the main stems of all the local rivers are somewhat in shape, the creeks are always a great excuse to get out and explore a piece of water that you have never seen before. Little water, Beautiful fish, awesome scenery, and sometimes surprisingly big fish too!

The fish on the creeks won’t be picky. If it floats, most likely they will eat it. Any foamy Stonefly will certainly get looks. The old tried and true Mayfly patterns will also produce fish. The Para-Adams, The Haze, The Hare’s ear. They will all bring fish up on the little creeks. If you want to fish nymphs, don’t get too techy. The Rubber legs, a prince, and a copper john will be about all you need. 

So while the main rivers are still big from snow melt rest assured that the tribs are a great option. So get out and explore some new water!

-The MAngler

#Missoulianangler

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May 13th

Salmonfly

 

 

Well the rumors are true. The Salmonflies are hatching on all of our local rivers. While some people have been worried that this is too early and spells disaster for the rest of the season, have no fear. The bugs are actually only a bit ahead of schedule. In reality they bugs normally show up in the middle of May, however, during regular water years the rivers are just too high to even think about fishing.

Now as I am writing this there is a torrential downpour going on in Missoula. The forecast for the next seven days has rain in it everyday.  This will certainly push more water into the systems, and slow down the bugs. But that’s okay, everyday of rain we get in May and June is more water for the rivers and the fish. Bring on the rain.

As for the fishing… It was a game of what would the fish NOT eat? They were cart wheeling for the bug. The past few days have been the days you dream about. Just put it in a fishy looking spot and it got crushed. Really, that’s all there is to say. Who knows how long the rivers will hold before the rain blows them out, Get out while you can! Most likely this will be a short glimpse of the big bug, but why not enjoy it right now!

-The MAngler

#Missoulianangler

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Cinco De Mayo Missoula Fishing Report

Cinco De Mayo Missoula Fishing Report

The Water’s Rising!

Don’t panic. Easier said than done. The rivers are all on a fairly steep upward trend. There are parts of the local rivers that have remained fairly stable. But the combination of warm temps and the forecast for rain will almost certainly push everything into full runoff mode. But who knows, Maybe not.

There are lots of bugs out right now if you can find water clear enough for the fish to eat them. Flying Skwalas, March Browns, Beatis, Drakes, Nemouras, and Caddis. This is an awesome time of year to get out and explore some water that we don’t normally get to fish if you are focused on trout. There are lots of lakes and ponds in the area that hardly receive any fishing pressure at all. If  you are willing to switch your focus to warm water species you can catch Bass and Pike all through Run-Off and never have to take a break while the water is high. That’s a lot of fun, and who doesn’t get a kick out of throwing huge flies on wire tippet to fish that can bite you? 

Stop by the shop and let us point you int he right direction for May. Lot’s of great fishing opportunities even when the water is high. We have LOTS of warm water bugs. Stop by and check them out!

-The MAngler

#Becauseyoufish

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Missoula Fishing Report 4/30

Missoula Fishing Report

Spring Recap / Looking Forward

The last day in April. Wow. That was a quick spring. The weather and water were a bit weird. But all things considered, we actually are somewhat, right on schedule. 

In case you weren’t in town… Skwalas stared off with a bang in early March. The warm weather got the bugs moving early in the season. Fish were looking up and the low and mid elevation snow was flushed out of the system. When we recovered from the early push of water the Mayflies came into town, and boy did they put on a show this year. The Drakes and March Browns were out in awesome numbers and the trout took notice. 

Right now, we still have some fantastic fishing going on. The Bitterroot, The Clark Fork, The Blackfoot, and Rock Creek are all fishing well. You might have to hop around a bit to find level flows and clear water to fish with the warm temps and bumping flows. If you can find good water, The fishing will be fantastic. There are a lot of bugs out right now that we don’t normally get to fish during bigger water years. The caddis are out in impressive numbers, The Drakes are still hatching in the afternoons, and late skwalas can be a difference maker during the afternoons with high sun. This is a fun time of the year to get out and fish. We don’t get this very often so take advantage while you can. 

Right now in the shop all Montana Fly Company fly boxes are 20% off. So come grab a new Boat Box, Streamer box, or little dry fly box and get your bugs organized for a fantastic summer of fishing around the Missoula area. 

-The MAngler

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Missoula Fishing Report

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Tuesday 4/28

Bitterroot River Brown Trout

Yesterday the fishing on The Bitterroot was fantastic. While the dry fly fishing got started late in the day, (2:00 pm) when it got going it was lights out. There were mayflies all over the place and a handful of stoneflies around as well. When the fish started to look up they seemed to be in more typical late spring water. Shallow riffle drop off’s, the heavy side of the seam lines, and around the woody structure. 

The flies didn’t seem to matter. Lots of fish were up eating the Drakes and they ate the bigger Skwala when it went over them. The rouge, the Fat Frank, The Half Down. They all caught fish. The Classic Mayfly patterns also produced fish. The Para-Pheasant tail, The Hares Ear, and The para-Adams, were all you needed to get fish in the net.

The big fish were looking up, even with the high sun. The warm day today will probably bring a bump in the flows tonight, but the rest of the week looks cooler and the water should stabilize quickly. As along as we have mild temps the fishing should remain very good. If you have been tossing around the idea of coming to Missoula and getting on the water I would highly recommend it. We are setting up for another great week of dry fly fishing in the Missoula Area.

All Skwalas are 20% off till the end of the month. Stop by the shop and stock up for the last bit of Spring Action.

-The MAngler

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Friday April 24th 

Short and sweet.

The water is back on the spring Roller Coaster ride that we normally have this time of year. That doesn’t spell disaster for the fishing this weekend. It might make it a little bit harder to find fish, but they are still in the river. bigger water like this pushes them to the insides and focuses the trout on not spending too much energy. So keep that in mind when you head out there.

As far as bugs go. There are a lot of them. Stoneflies, Mayflies and Caddis are all in the air right now. If you can find a fish up eating they are going to eat. The coulds will make the dry fly fishing better. The bump in the water won’t. Win some. Lose Some. Don’t worry about it though, you can catch fish right through these little pushes of water. So Stop by the shop and pick up anything you need before you hit the river.

-The MAngler

#Becauseyoufish