Missoula Fishing Report

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

Missoula Fishing Report

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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Missoula’s Friday Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 

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

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Missoula Fishing Report 4/22

Missoula Fishing Report

Late Skwalas and Spring Mayflies

Over the past week the fishing has been nothing short of incredible. Really, there is nothing more to say. But this is a fishing report so I guess I have to give you more than that. 

Mayflies: The March Browns/Grey Drakes have been coming down river like the British Navy. Sails up. When you find the clouds the fish have been eating like college kids on a late night Denny’s binge. The most productive patterns have been old school. Hares ear’s and pheasant tail parachutes. The good stuff. The Root. The Clark. And The Blackfoot. The bugs are all over the place.  

Skwalas: They are still around on The Bitterroot and a sneaky low profile bullet head will catch fish at this point in the hatch. The Clark Fork’s “Flying” skwalas have just shown up as well. The only tricky part is the high sun. Those Clark Fork fish seem to get a bit sketchy in the sun. So don’t go unless we get clouds. But then again go anywhere when we have clouds. Get a monster brown on the root in the clouds or catch the feisty Clark Fork rainbows in the clouds. Pick Your Poision. 

There isn’t really that much more to say. The fishing has been awesome. Some would even say “Epic”. If you have been on the fence about coming out here, Do it. You can’t catch em in the office. 

All Skwalas are 20% off here at the shop. Stop by and fill those holes in your spring fly box. We would be happy to help you out with that. 

-The MAngler

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Missoula Weekend Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

The weather for the weekend looks to be fantastic for dry fly fishing. But there looks to be a little bit of wind in the forecast. The dark drizzle will have the trout looking up for mayflies and the mayflies will be happy in this weather. If you can find a side channel to get away from the wind in I would guess that you would see March Browns and Blue Wings. I would also be willing to bet there would be fish eating them somewhere close by. 

The Skwala fishing has been great and the trout seem to enjoy playing along. Lot’s of fat, healthy, and Strong fish. This late in the hatch stick to low pro skwala bugs. You don’t want a big synthetic wing to be the first thing to come into the trout sight window. Time to get sneaky with your bugs. 

As for the rivers, They are all fishing well. No need to just stay on The Bitterroot. The Blackfoot and Clark Fork are right in shape and fishing very well. Rock Creek is also giving up some great fishing on top in the afternoons. 

Lot’s and Lot’s of fun to be had on the rivers right now. Get out and go fishing. 

-The MAngler

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Easter Sunday Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

4/5/15

From a fishing stand point, Easter has normally been a turning point for the fishing around the Missoula area. The mayflies are start to show up in good numbers and the Skwalas have been crawling on the rocks in The Bitterroot long enough to have nice fish looking up for a stonefly. Easter weekend seems to be when we can count on good dry fly fishing for the better part of the day. 

The only difference this year seems to be the water levels. Yes the water is high. Yes it seems pushy on the upper rivers. Is it slowing down the fishing? No. 

The bugs are here. The spring stoneflies are here in good numbers. The big spring mayflies are starting to play a bigger role in “fish catching”. The afternoons have been giving up some fantastic dry fly fishing. Big mayfly attractors are working well. Hare’s ear’s, Para-Adams, The Haze, The Brindleshute, Carnage Drakes, and Mountain Mints are all getting eating. The Skwala bugs that are working seem to be in the Low-Pro category. Anything with a bullethead. The PK, The Rouge, and The Rastaman. The most important variable has been where you are putting that bug. Remember that it is spring. The water is still cold and fish are not hanging out where they do in July. I draw “Spring Fishing Diagrams” at least once a day here in the shop. 

Fish the “Triangles”. The soft water coming off the riffle. The seam where two currents come together after an island.  The soft water Triangles are where the fish are eating the dry fly right now. Spring fishing is just simple geometry. And you thought you wouldn’t use your 3rd grade math again…

Remember to replace that old tippet you bought last year. You don’t want to loose that big brown on old tippet that you found in your glove box before you got on the water. 

-The MAngler

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