Fishing Report 6/1

 

Bitterroot

The Root is running high and should stay that way for the next few weeks. Plenty of good tributaries up this way that will fish good. West fork is high but still one of your better options.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot is high and off color. Give it a few weeks and it should turn to that nice green color that we all love to fish. Tributaries up here such as Monture, Clearwater, Gold Creek, ect…. will be good options if you head up this way.

Clark Fork

Most of the Clark is high and muddy. The upper end is at above average flow but it has pretty good visibility and is a decent option at this point.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is high but good clarity. Salmon Flies have shown up on the lower end and should begin to push up this upcoming week. Don’t hesitate to through a big dry out there even if you are not seeing any adults. Our guides have been up here a lot in the last week or two scouting it out and they have had plenty of fish eat the orange indicator indicating that they are ready for the big orange juicy bugs.

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Fishing Report 5/12

The rivers are running high and very off color. This is a good time to focus on lakes targeting not only trout but also warm water species such as Bass and Pike. There are options for rivers around Missoula like the Clearwater river and a few others or you can focus your time on fishing behind tributaries that create a clear seam.  Stop by the shop and we will send you in the right direction.

Be safe and good luck.

Fishing Report 4/30

Bitterroot

Dry fly fishing has continued to be consistent and with a little help from the weather, it should be decent through the beginning of May. There is still some Skwalas kicking around but the fish have really started to key in on March Browns and Baetis  in the clouds. Throwing a Skwala dry with a nymph dropper in the morning is still a go to and switching to either a single Skwala dry or even better a single March Brown in the afternoon should get the fish moving.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot is off color but there is still plenty of fish to be had. Throw streamers or nymphs in the softer water. This is one of the more productive fisheries around when it turns off color. Not ideal by any means but you will probably have it to yourself and will produce some fish.

Clark Fork

The Clark is still a little off color but nothing that should deter you from fishing this. We have been on this river a lot lately and from the top end of the river to the lower end below town has been fishing good. Streamers and nymphs in the morning and March Browns and in the afternoon has been our go to. Still some skawalas kicking around and Baetis fishing has been good in the clouds.

Rock Creek

Still running clear and a good level to fish. Skwalas are still hanging on and March Browns have kept the fish busy in between. With these levels it is a good option for wade fishing or floating. Fish Subsurface in the morning and switch to dries in the afternoon.

GOOD LUCK

FISHING REPORT 4/6

FISHING REPORT 

Bitterroot

Dry fly fishing is the main game in the afternoon up here and should continue for weeks to come as long as flows are stable. Nymph rigs in the morning is the way to go and then move to the Skwala dry for an afternoon delight. We have seen Skwalas from top to bottom on the Bitterroot and plenty of nice fish to go around.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot is that nice green water right now and is fishing good underneath. If you want to get away from the people then this is a good option as very few people are fishing this right now. Brown/yellow and olive/white combos seem to be the more effective streamers although the Sparkle Minnow and Kreelex produced of course too. Few fish eating dries in the slow water as well. If you are looking to pop some fish on dries up here this time of year, then fish slow runs with a small Nemoura, March Browns or baetis in the afternoon. Don’t stand on one foot waiting for this to happen though.

Clark Fork

The Clark is still a little off color but nothing that should deter you from fishing this. We have been on this river a lot lately and from the top end of the river to the lower end below town has been fishing good. Streamers and nymphs in the morning and Skwalas in the afternoon has been our go to. We have yet to see another boat on the Clark where we have been going and is a bit quieter this time of year.

Rock Creek

Nymphing and streamer fishing has been great and the dry fly is picking up. Look for the dry fly fishing to improve in the coming weeks. Focus on the slower inside runs and walking speed water.

GOOD LUCK

Fishing Report 3/20

FISHING REPORT 3/20

Bitterroot

Fishing has been a little tough with the fluctuating water levels through out  the week. The Skwalas are here but the fish haven’t quite keyed in on them yet. This can change quick with the extended forecast as long as we don’t see to much rain. The clarity is off now but the nymphing and streamer fishing has still been fair. For now fish the slower inside seams with your favorite Skwala nymphs. Fishing tandem stonefly nymphs is our rig of choice this time of year. Look for the dry fly action to improve mid to later this week.

Blackfoot

The bump in water turned this one off color a bit but that shouldn’t last to long with the extended forecast. Streamer fishing picked up in a big way right before the bump and you can expect to continue that trend as the water levels off and clears up. Brown/yellow and olive/white combos seem to be the more effective streamers although the Sparkle Minnow and Kreelex produced of course too. Few fish eating dries in the slow water as well. If you are looking to pop some fish on dries up here this time of year, then fish slow runs with a small Nemoura or baetis in the afternoon. Don’t stand on one foot waiting for this to happen though.

Clark Fork

Skwalas are out but the water is still a bit dirty. Should be a much better option later in the week.

Rock Creek

One of your better options around this week. Rock Creek has bumped like all the other rivers but tends to stay a bit clearer then the other rivers in this situation. Nymphing and streamers is the main game but don’t hesitate throwing a Skwala dry with a nymph dropper in the afternoon. This may not produce numbers, but if you are like many of us this time of year and just want to see a head come up then that is a solid option. If you are after numbers, then double stonefly nymph rig or stonefly trailing a worm, egg, prince, hares ear, etc… off the back will be your best bet.

GOOD LUCK

 

Fishing report 11/1

Fishing report 11/1

Bitterroot

Regardless of the fluctuating flows the Root has been good. Look for a few hour window in the afternoon for some dry fly action including BWO, Mahogany and October Caddis. While this can be a great time of year for dry flies, the nymph rig will typically yield more fish. However for a lot of us who have been throwing dries all summer long and knowing that we can catch fish on nymphs all winter long, we love the fall months for the streamer fishing. You may not be reeling in 50+ fish a day but catching a handful of 20+ fish can be much more rewarding.

Blackfoot

The Foot is starting to slow down on the dry flies but the streamer fishing has been spectacular up here. While some fisherman see the rising water levels as a negative impact from a fishing standpoint it can actually be the exact opposite. Think of it this way, the fish are actively feeding and getting ready for the long winter months. When the water is rising it is displacing the smaller fish from their normal holding water and as the smaller fish scramble to find a new holding area it will also make them more vulnerable to bigger fish. Some of the best streamer fishing I have ever seen in my life fishing the Blackfoot has come on rising water in November. Did I mention you will most likely have the river all to your self?

Clark Fork 

The Clark is a great opportunity this time of year. The lower end has been giving us some good dry fly action in the afternoon and the upper end has been some of the best streamer fishing out of all the rivers. You will have success from Warm Springs all the way down to the lower river. BWO, Mahogonys and October caddis will be on the menu for dry flies. For streamers throwing a white or flashy color first then followed by brown/yellow and if those don’t get a look then look to the darker colors like dark olive and black.

Rock Creek

The dry fly fishing has tapered off a bit but like the other rivers you will get a decent afternoon window of dry fly action with October Caddis or smaller mayfly attractor patterns like the Parachute P-Tail, Purple haze and Parachute adams. Nymphing with a Stonefly nymph trailing a smaller bug off the back is the way to go. If you are struggling to catch fish nymphing then try trailing a worm or egg off the back. Streamer fishing up here this time of year can produce outstanding numbers and a few quality fish.