Fishing Report 3/28

Bitterroot

The Root has bumped up in flows over the last week and the temps are still pretty cold. The flows look like they are starting to level and as long as we don’t see to much rain, then it should offer fishable conditions. We have been seeing Skwalas here and there and lots of Capnias and Neumoras. There has ben a few fish coming up to eat the dry but the nymph game is still your best strategy until things warm up a bit. Focus on inside seams with walking speed water. Deep nymph rigs are the way to go typically led by a Stonefly nymph and dropping a smaller nymph such as Purple Prince, Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail or one of our many varieties of jig nymphs. If you love streamer fishing then this is also a great time for streamers. Fish them slow and low.

Blackfoot

Not the best option until things warm up but if you like solitary and are ok with working each run hard then this might just be a fit for you. Inside seems with deep nymph rigs and dead drifting streamers is the way to go. The fish are there and willing to eat but they wont move far so spend lots of time on each run and cover every inch.

Clark Fork

The Clark has bumped up in flows and with current conditions this may not be the best option but is still fishable. We use the same tactics on this river early spring as we do the rest, deep nymph rigs and slow streamers on inside bends and walking speed water. While often looked past this time of year, it can produce just as good as any other fishery in the area.  We will keep you posted on Skwalas and clarity. With a little help from the weather the Clark should improve in the coming weeks.

Rock Creek

Still waiting to warm up and stablize to get the spring dry fly action popping. Rock Creek is still a great option this time of year and can produce good fishing regardless of the fluctuating flows. We will keep you posted on the Skwala status but for now focus on nymphing slow inside seams and walking speed water.

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Fishing Report 3/12

After a long cold winter it looks like the weather is improving and shaping up to be a good spring as long as things don’t get to hot to quick.

FISHING REPORT

Bitterroot

The Root is slowly starting to warm up but we are still a ways out from spring dry flies. Look for Capnias and Neumoras to start hatching and the Skwalas will follow. The Bitterroot is one of your best options for late winter/early spring nymphing. Focus on inside seams with walking speed water. Deep nymph rigs are the way to go typically led by a Stonefly nymph and dropping a smaller nymph such as Purple Prince, Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail or one of our many varieties of jig nymphs. If you love streamer fishing then this is also a great time for streamers. Fish them slow and low.

Blackfoot

Not the best option until things warm up but if you like solitary and are ok with working each run hard then this might just fit for you. Inside seems with deep nymph rigs and dead drifting streamers is the way to go.

Clark Fork

While things look pretty locked up through town, there is plenty of fishable water up and down stream from Missoula. We use the same tactics on this river late/winter early spring as we do the rest, deep nymph rigs and slow streamers on inside bends and walking speed water. While often looked past in this time of year, it can produce just as good as any other fishery in the area.  We will keep you posted on Skwalas but on warm sunny days keep an eye out for Capnias and Neumoras otherwise known as Little Black Stones. These little bugs can offer some fun action before and during the Skwala hatch.

Rock Creek

Another great option this time of year. From the bottom all the way to the upper creek, there will be good fishing to be found from now until runoff hits. We will keep you posted on the Skwala status but for now focus on nymphing slow inside seams and walking speed water.

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Fishing Report 9/25

Bitterroot

  It’s sun versus cloud time. Sunny weather brings out the tricos ad hoppers. Clouds and rain bring out the Mahoganies, BWO’s and Hecubas. October caddis are active as well.  Don’t be afraid to run a longer, finer leader in the low, clear water. The bigger fish are starting to move more, and are susceptible to a well placed streamer. Small droppers are working well if the surface action isn’t what you’re looking for

Blackfoot

While the tricos hatch, or the BWO’s and Mahoganies, we’re waiting for the streamer fishing to really get hot. Maybe a few more cold nights will jumpstart the big fish eating little fish cycle. As always, the hatches are localized, but when you find them, they’re good.  October caddis are starting to appear in numbers, which is always fun. The inner tubers are mostly gone, so the lower section is back and fishing well.

Clark Fork

Starting to round into shape. Fish are podding up, and focusing on the hatches. Be ready for hatch overlap, where a double dry rig will let you double your chances during multiple hatches. We’re seeing tricos in the sun, BWO’s, Mahoganies and Hecubas in the clouds. Not as much streamer fishing yet, but for the intrepid big fly thrower, the biggest fish are looking. It just won’t be veryt hot at the moment. Small and medium size droppers are working, including the rubberlegs. Fishing well right now.

Rock Creek

Like all the other rivers, tricos in the sun, BWO’s and Mahoganies in the clouds. October Caddis are being seen, but not as many as we hoped. That will change rapidly. Bigger fish are moving out of their summer lies, and becoming more accessible. Fishing well along the length. Again, the window of opportunity is shrinking. You can safely start fishing later and ending earlier without missing much. Make sure you have your nymphs. Still great nymphing up here.

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Fishing Report 9/13

Bitterroot-  With the weather turning cooler, there’s no need to be on the water at sparrowfart! You can start later in the morning, but still stay till the end of the day. On the warmer days, look for tricos. Cooler days will bring on BWO’s and maybe Mahoganies. Either way, the Hecubas are being eaten. So the Bitterroot is an excellent option, with the upper section providing some good fishing for nice fish, while the lower section is getting technical and exciting for big fish.

Blackfoot-  The cool weather is going to make the Blackfoot start thinking about fall. That means big fish eating little fish, so make sure you’ve got your streamers. White, as a color, has been producing, and so has the Sparkle Minnow. Hoppers will rebound as the weather warms up, and the fall hatches- tricos, BWOS and Mahoganies are all going to start. Floating really well right now, and fishing well too!

Clark Fork-  The fish are starting to pod up in the lower section! So exciting. Tricos on the warm days, BWO with clouds. Still a few PMD’s and PED’s, crazy as that sounds. So if you’re looking for technical, the CF may be the place! And don’t neglect the Hopper/Dropper, it’s still producing well if the fish aren’t co-operating in pods.

Rock Creek- After an epic spruce moth hatch, the Creek is opening up to hoppers and droppers. The tricos are being seen, and the fish are eating them. With the cooler weather, BWO’s and Mahoganies are going to start showing. But don’t neglect the hoppers, they’re still hopping and trout are still eating them. And if you’re hopping, you’re dropping as well! Still the best wading option in town.

FISHING REPORT 8/17

Bitterroot – The Bitterroot is a great option this time of year. The upper river runs cooler in water temperature this time of year making it a great mid summer fishery. The dry fly fishing has been most productive in the morning with an assortment of bugs like PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Hoppers. The Tricos are starting to show up on the mid to lower end and there are plenty of pods of fish sipping spinners mid morning.
 

Blackfoot – The dry fly fishing on the Blackfoot has been great.  Early morning has been most productive. The Hopper dropper rig has been our go to as we are in the transition period between hatches right now as we are waiting for more of the fall bugs to show up. We have some very new and exciting dropper flies that have been very productive for our guides so come on in and ask about them.

Clark Fork – After a long spring and tons of water, the Clark Fork is now back to its normal summer fishing with PMD’s and Tricos in the morning and the Hopper Dropper rig is our go to mid day. The evening Caddis hatches have been productive as well. Look for the fall bugs to start popping in a few weeks.

 

Rock Creek –Rock Creek is a great wade option now as the water levels are back to a safe level. The fishing has been productive throughout the day but the morning will be your most productive time. Other bugs on the menu include PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones and other terrestrials like Hoppers and Ants.

Fishing Report 8/1

Bitterroot – The Bitterroot is a great option this time of year. The upper river runs cooler in water temperature this time of year making it a great mid summer fishery. The dry fly fishing has been most productive in the morning with an assortment of bugs like PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Hoppers and Spruce Moths.
 

Blackfoot – The dry fly fishing on the Blackfoot has been great especially early mornings as the Spruce Moth hatch is in full swing and the fish are very happy about those bugs. After the morning dies off and the Spruce Moths disappear then it’s time for your favorite Hopper Dropper rig. We have some very new and exciting dropper flies that have been very productive for our guides so come on in and ask about them.

Clark Fork – After a long spring and tons of water, the Clark Fork is now back to its normal summer fishing with PMD’s and Spruce Moths in the morning and the Hopper Dropper rig is our go to mid day. The evening Caddis hatches have been productive as well but keep an eye on water temperature in the coming weeks as the afternoon/evenings can be bit to warm to safely fight fish. Your fishery will thank you for it in the future!

 

Rock Creek –Rock Creek is a great wade option now as the water levels are back to a safe level. The fishing has been productive throughout the day but the morning Spruce Moth hatch has been incredible. Other bugs on the menu include PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones and other terrestrials like Hoppers and Ants.