“Spring Fishing Report”
We have been on the water the past few weeks. This past weekend was the first with great weather all weekend. The fishing has been very consistent sub-surface. Rubber legs and Worms on the inside bends have been the key. We saw lots of folks fishing the more typical “Stonefly” water (Outside bends, heavier riffles, and what we call Summer Water). While you may get a few fishing that water, higher densities of fish are still in the 4-8 foot walking speed water. When you hook one, fish the exact same lane. The fish are stacked tight right now. We have been spending most our time between Hamilton and Florence. Managed a few fish on the dry fly, but the dry fly fishing should vastly improve by next weekend.
The Clark Fork:
Very similar to The Root. Rubber Legs and Worms on the inside bends. We saw a few skawala adults on the river below town this weekend. They will eat the dry bug but you have to stick with it. Again the dry fly game will improve by the weekend.
Bugs For Both Rivers:
Nymphs- Rubber legs in lighter colors sz 8-12. Worms in pink, red, purple, wire, sparkle. Olive double bead stones.
Dries- Rouge, Half down, True, Carnage, California Blonde, PK, and Rastaman Skwala.
Lots of exciting new products in the shop. Stop by to see the changes and to stock up the spring box. We have a pile of Skwalas and they wont catch fish if they aren’t on the water.
– The MAngler