The Bitterroot has dropped and clarity is looking good. Fishing is improving every day and looks like it will continue to fish with the current forecast. 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. Get out while you still can as we typically don’t get windows like this in may and the fishing can be really good.
The Blackfoot is coming back down and starting to turn dark green. 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
The Clark Fork is still a bit off color but there is about a foot and a half to two feet of visibility which is more then enough clarity to get it done. We fished the Clark Fork above town yesterday and it fished better then expected. Lots of March Browns and a few Skwalas kept us busy fishing dry flies throughout the day and the streamer fishing was good too.
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 dropping flows the last few days and is back to a solid 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. Look for slower holding water and deep nymph rigs for numbers.
May is here 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!