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Missoula Fishing Report For Tuesday 4/7

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Bitterroot River Fishing Report

The past few days have been fantastic dry fly fishing. The March Browns were impressive yesterday to say the least. Lots and lots and lots of mayflies in the eddy’s and above the riffles. We have had boats somewhere in the upper half of the Bitterroot River all week. With the colder nights the dry fly fishing has taken a little while to get going. From what we have been seeing it’s worth the wait. The average dry fly fish yesterday was impressive. Healthy, strong, and eager to eat. Our favorite kind of fish. 

Bitterroot Skwala Fishing

As for flies, they have been eating the typical spring bugs. For Skwalas we have been throwing The Rastaman, The Rouge, The P.K., and The Fat Frank. The Mayflies have been just a productive. Those patterns include The Parachute Hares ear, The Haze, The Brindlechute, The Copper Haze, The Mountain Mint, The Parachute Adams, and whatever else looks like a size 14-16, brownish mayfly.  When the BWO’s show up, just go smaller and they will eat it with the right drift. Really, the fish are wanting to eat right now. They are hungry and the bugs are here. Time to fish. 

The fish are still hanging out on the “Off” banks. But we are starting to catch some nice fish in the soft breaks on the heavy banks. The forecast looks great for spring stonefly fishing. So get out and enjoy the nice weather while it is here. The fishing has been fantastic, catch a cold and sneak away from work this week. Who knows when the next snow storm might show up!

-The MAngler 

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Easter Sunday Fishing Report

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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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Friday Fishing Report

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A quick overview of what’s going on around Missoula this weekend.

First and foremost, our good friend and Missoulian Angler Fly Shop Guide, Burke, is opening his BBQ restaurant. The Notorious P.I.G. is opening it’s doors at 11 am today in downtown Missoula. If you are around Missoula today, be sure to stop by and have your taste buds blown away.

Secondly, The Montana Fishing Film Fest is going on Saturday at the Roxy. Tickets are $10 and we have them available here at the shop. We are also going to have a Pre-party here at the shop before the movies. So feel free to stop by and enjoy a beverage.

Now lets talk about the fishing.

The Bitterroot: The river is still way above normal flows for this time of year. That being said the fishing has been very decent. The mornings have been colder the past few days causing the dry fly fishing to get going a bit later. Early morning streamer fishing and nymphing has been productive. Rubber legs, beadhead style prince patterns, and worms for your nymph set up. The Skiddish smolt, The Kreelex, and The Sparkle minnow have been producing for streamers. The dry fly fishing has been good in the afternoons. Skwalas and March browns have been the ticket. Throw the low-profile skwala. The bigger fish won’t shy away from those bugs.

The Blackfoot: We fished it this week and were pleasantly surprised. The water is very big and off color, but the streamer fishing was good. You had to fish hard and put it in the right spot, but when that happened the streamer got eaten. The Silver and Black Sparkle minnow was the ticket for us.

Rock Creek: Fished well this week. Afternoon dry fly bite was there. They ate the skwala after lunch. A good option for wade anglers looking to get away from the boat traffic on The Bitterroot.

The Clark Fork: Big and off color. Maybe not your best option this weekend. But fish have been caught on the Clark. Skwalas around in the afternoons. Throw the dice and you might be surprised. Another great way to get away from the traffic on The Bitterroot.

Well there it is. if you have any questions about a game plan for fishing this weekend, stop by the Missoulian Angler for any thing. We are glad to help out and point you in the right direction.

-The MAngler

…Because you fish

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Monday Fishing Report

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The Bitterroot fished well this weekend. Not to over inflate, I would say that the dry fly fishing was “Fair” on some banks and “Good” on others.  We saw lots of Skwalas, Nemouras, and capnias. We also saw a few larger mayflies. March Browns? You tell me. The water is still high so some of the classic banks seemed a little pushy for skwala fishing. They were sitting in heavier water than we expected but the fish seemed to want to eat the bug regardless.

As far a bugs we threw the Rastaman Skwala, The PK Stone, The Bullethead Skwala. in the morning they are the Skiddish Smolt for a streamer and a pink worm/Rubber Legs for a nymph rig. We have a plethora of those bugs here at the shop.

The USGS Graphs are showing some consistency in a flat or downward trend. That means that the fishing should improve everyday. As long as we don’t get another push of water the spring fishing seems to have returned.

Stop by the shop for any of your Spring needs. We are totally stocked and ready to rock.

-The MAngler

…Because You Fish

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St. Paddy’s Day Fishing Report

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Well there is no two ways around it… The rivers have gone up. Significantly.

As of this morning then graphs look to have slowed down or plateaued. While this bump may have put the spring fishing on hold, it will help clean out the winter sludge in the rivers.

When the water starts dropping things will be game on again. Until then, take advantage of the lull and stock up your boxes. It’s easy to get caught up in “Skwala Fever” and completely ignore the fact that we have other bugs coming up. Don’t forget your PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Hoppers, ants, and Beetles. In the long run they will play a bigger role than skwalas in your fishing.

Take this intermission in spring fishing to stop by the shop and stock up on tying materials.

-The MAngler