After a long cold winter it looks like the weather is improving and shaping up to be a good spring as long as things don’t get to hot to quick.
The Root is slowly starting to warm up but we are still a ways out from spring dry flies. Look for Capnias and Neumoras to start hatching and the Skwalas will follow. The Bitterroot is one of your best options for late winter/early spring nymphing. Focus on inside seams with walking speed water. Deep nymph rigs are the way to go typically led by a Stonefly nymph and dropping a smaller nymph such as Purple Prince, Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail or one of our many varieties of jig nymphs. If you love streamer fishing then this is also a great time for streamers. Fish them slow and low.
Not the best option until things warm up but if you like solitary and are ok with working each run hard then this might just fit for you. Inside seems with deep nymph rigs and dead drifting streamers is the way to go.
While things look pretty locked up through town, there is plenty of fishable water up and down stream from Missoula. We use the same tactics on this river late/winter early spring as we do the rest, deep nymph rigs and slow streamers on inside bends and walking speed water. While often looked past in this time of year, it can produce just as good as any other fishery in the area. We will keep you posted on Skwalas but on warm sunny days keep an eye out for Capnias and Neumoras otherwise known as Little Black Stones. These little bugs can offer some fun action before and during the Skwala hatch.
Another great option this time of year. From the bottom all the way to the upper creek, there will be good fishing to be found from now until runoff hits. We will keep you posted on the Skwala status but for now focus on nymphing slow inside seams and walking speed water.
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