Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 5/19

The fishing in May on our major rivers is usually a wash in May forcing us to lakes and smaller streams, but this year is a little different. With a cooler than normal spring and first few weeks of May, the water hasn’t come up as drastically as past years, which is creating some good windows of fishing on the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Rock Creek.

While the fishing has been decent, safety is the biggest concern.

The water is running fast and you really need to be careful of where you decide to wade in if you do. In most cases, it’s best to keep your feet dry and fish from bank as most of the fish will be holding close to the bank in soft water anyways.

In other news, All tributaries are now open as of Saturday May 18 and are all good options to fish right now. Smaller water is obviously less dangerous than bigger water. AND the fish in the tributaries haven’t seen a fly in months.

We have already seen a few Salmonflies kicking around during the recent warm spell that didn’t last long.

Yes we’ve seen them, no you should not focus on them as a consistent dry fly yet.

Salmonfly madness will be here soon, and probably sooner than expected depending on water temperatures, so keep an eye out for our next fishing report!

Focus your time on nymphing and streamer fishing on the soft edges and any slower holding water where the fish will stack up during these flows.

As the water temperatures warm up, be ready for Salmonflies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes starting to hatch.

Good luck wherever you decide to go and as always, stay safe and don’t hesitate to stop in or call the shop for any advice.