Missoula Fly Fishing Report

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Fly Fishing Report Brought To You By Our Missoula Fly Fishing Guides And Fly Shop Staff.

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river continues to drop and fishing has been good. We’ve experienced some unseasonably cold weather with plenty of snow and rain mix over the week. Not only has this cold spring helped flows stay low and fishing good, it’s also giving us much needed snow in the mountains. We’re still seeing a few Skwala’s here and there, but it’s been mostly a March Brown and BWO game out there as of late. With the cooler temps in the forecast, we may see some good dry fly fishing for the first part of May, depending on how much rain we see in the coming days. Be prepared for some Mothers Day Caddis to come if the clarity is good for the next few weeks.

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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot river has been fishing decent and much better than earlier this spring. We’ve been seeing good hatches of March Browns and BWO’s and some steady dry fly action in the warmer afternoons. The nymphing and streamer fishing has been the most consistent though, and should continue to be the go to strategy until true runoff hits. Keep your focus on inside seems and slower walking pace water until water temps warm up a bit.

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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river fishing has been producing some great fishing this spring and it looks like we may get another good week or two until flows bump and water clarity turns darker. Still decent numbers of Skwala’s, March Browns and BWO’s hatching and fish are eating the dry fly. Nymphing and streamer fishing has been more productive in the morning, and dry fly fishing kicks on in the afternoon. We’re excited at the possible chance of some decent May fishing that we don’t often see on the Clark Fork and a Mothers day Caddis hatch that usually isn’t much of a factor in the Missoula area due to it usually happening around peak flows. We’ll keep an eye on weather and see how much moisture we get, but we’re optimistic that we’re going to have some decent fishing the first few weeks of May on all of our Missoula rivers.

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek continues to fish great and that shouldn’t slow down anytime soon if the weather forecast stays true. The main game up here is March Brown and BWO’s, but the fish are still eating Skwala’s decently even though there aren’t many around lately. The streamer fishing has been really good and it’s worth it to commit a day to just streamer fishing.
Take advantage of the May fishing we have right now because it won’t last long and is a bit of an anomaly for this time of year.
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Spring Hatches

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