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.
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.
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.
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.
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