Plenty of rain in the last few days put a pretty steep curve in the Bitterroot graph but has leveled off and at this point in time it appears that we may get another window of solid fishing. If we can get a break from the rain then things should be back to where they were earlier last week, which was some amazing dry fly fishing. For dries the March Brown in the clouds has been our go to and a single Skwala in the sun. With the water temperature rising to mid 40’s to 50, the streamer fishing can be as good as it gets.
Before the bump we where seeing some nice fish come out of the Blackfoot this last week and even after a bump in flow and a little help from the weather, we should see it come back to that shape shortly. While not off the hook by any means and not a numbers game, the Blackfoot River can produce some hogs this time of year. Streamer fishing is our preferred method this time of year, but nymphing inside seams will usually be a more effective strategy if you are after numbers.
Clark Fork River
We were at OK conditions last week on the Clark Fork, but with a bump in flow from all the rain we would give it a bit before we make this gamble.
Like many other streams right now, Rock Creek is recovering from a big bump in flows which turned things off for a few days. Rock Creek has also enjoyed a break from the rain and a level flow and should be back to a good option. We have had a few of our guys floating and is not a bad option at these flows. While it is a bit high for preferred wade fishing flows, it still isn’t a bad option at all for wading either. The Skwala and March Brown dry has been our tactic up here and when the dry fly fishing is slow, we throw on a streamer.
May is coming and that means it’s almost time to drive over the hill and hit the Missouri.
We have stepped up our fly game for the Mo this year.
Come check em out and let us know what you think!