Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Weekend Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

The weather for the weekend looks to be fantastic for dry fly fishing. But there looks to be a little bit of wind in the forecast. The dark drizzle will have the trout looking up for mayflies and the mayflies will be happy in this weather. If you can find a side channel to get away from the wind in I would guess that you would see March Browns and Blue Wings. I would also be willing to bet there would be fish eating them somewhere close by. 

The Skwala fishing has been great and the trout seem to enjoy playing along. Lot’s of fat, healthy, and Strong fish. This late in the hatch stick to low pro skwala bugs. You don’t want a big synthetic wing to be the first thing to come into the trout sight window. Time to get sneaky with your bugs. 

As for the rivers, They are all fishing well. No need to just stay on The Bitterroot. The Blackfoot and Clark Fork are right in shape and fishing very well. Rock Creek is also giving up some great fishing on top in the afternoons. 

Lot’s and Lot’s of fun to be had on the rivers right now. Get out and go fishing. 

-The MAngler

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Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report For Tuesday 4/7

Missoula Fishing Report

Bitterroot River Fishing Report

The past few days have been fantastic dry fly fishing. The March Browns were impressive yesterday to say the least. Lots and lots and lots of mayflies in the eddy’s and above the riffles. We have had boats somewhere in the upper half of the Bitterroot River all week. With the colder nights the dry fly fishing has taken a little while to get going. From what we have been seeing it’s worth the wait. The average dry fly fish yesterday was impressive. Healthy, strong, and eager to eat. Our favorite kind of fish. 

Bitterroot Skwala Fishing

As for flies, they have been eating the typical spring bugs. For Skwalas we have been throwing The Rastaman, The Rouge, The P.K., and The Fat Frank. The Mayflies have been just a productive. Those patterns include The Parachute Hares ear, The Haze, The Brindlechute, The Copper Haze, The Mountain Mint, The Parachute Adams, and whatever else looks like a size 14-16, brownish mayfly.  When the BWO’s show up, just go smaller and they will eat it with the right drift. Really, the fish are wanting to eat right now. They are hungry and the bugs are here. Time to fish. 

The fish are still hanging out on the “Off” banks. But we are starting to catch some nice fish in the soft breaks on the heavy banks. The forecast looks great for spring stonefly fishing. So get out and enjoy the nice weather while it is here. The fishing has been fantastic, catch a cold and sneak away from work this week. Who knows when the next snow storm might show up!

-The MAngler 


Missoula Fishing Report

Easter Sunday Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report


From a fishing stand point, Easter has normally been a turning point for the fishing around the Missoula area. The mayflies are start to show up in good numbers and the Skwalas have been crawling on the rocks in The Bitterroot long enough to have nice fish looking up for a stonefly. Easter weekend seems to be when we can count on good dry fly fishing for the better part of the day. 

The only difference this year seems to be the water levels. Yes the water is high. Yes it seems pushy on the upper rivers. Is it slowing down the fishing? No. 

The bugs are here. The spring stoneflies are here in good numbers. The big spring mayflies are starting to play a bigger role in “fish catching”. The afternoons have been giving up some fantastic dry fly fishing. Big mayfly attractors are working well. Hare’s ear’s, Para-Adams, The Haze, The Brindleshute, Carnage Drakes, and Mountain Mints are all getting eating. The Skwala bugs that are working seem to be in the Low-Pro category. Anything with a bullethead. The PK, The Rouge, and The Rastaman. The most important variable has been where you are putting that bug. Remember that it is spring. The water is still cold and fish are not hanging out where they do in July. I draw “Spring Fishing Diagrams” at least once a day here in the shop. 

Fish the “Triangles”. The soft water coming off the riffle. The seam where two currents come together after an island.  The soft water Triangles are where the fish are eating the dry fly right now. Spring fishing is just simple geometry. And you thought you wouldn’t use your 3rd grade math again…

Remember to replace that old tippet you bought last year. You don’t want to loose that big brown on old tippet that you found in your glove box before you got on the water. 

-The MAngler


Missoula Fishing Report

Friday Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

A quick overview of what’s going on around Missoula this weekend.

First and foremost, our good friend and Missoulian Angler Fly Shop Guide, Burke, is opening his BBQ restaurant. The Notorious P.I.G. is opening it’s doors at 11 am today in downtown Missoula. If you are around Missoula today, be sure to stop by and have your taste buds blown away.

Secondly, The Montana Fishing Film Fest is going on Saturday at the Roxy. Tickets are $10 and we have them available here at the shop. We are also going to have a Pre-party here at the shop before the movies. So feel free to stop by and enjoy a beverage.

Now lets talk about the fishing.

The Bitterroot: The river is still way above normal flows for this time of year. That being said the fishing has been very decent. The mornings have been colder the past few days causing the dry fly fishing to get going a bit later. Early morning streamer fishing and nymphing has been productive. Rubber legs, beadhead style prince patterns, and worms for your nymph set up. The Skiddish smolt, The Kreelex, and The Sparkle minnow have been producing for streamers. The dry fly fishing has been good in the afternoons. Skwalas and March browns have been the ticket. Throw the low-profile skwala. The bigger fish won’t shy away from those bugs.

The Blackfoot: We fished it this week and were pleasantly surprised. The water is very big and off color, but the streamer fishing was good. You had to fish hard and put it in the right spot, but when that happened the streamer got eaten. The Silver and Black Sparkle minnow was the ticket for us.

Rock Creek: Fished well this week. Afternoon dry fly bite was there. They ate the skwala after lunch. A good option for wade anglers looking to get away from the boat traffic on The Bitterroot.

The Clark Fork: Big and off color. Maybe not your best option this weekend. But fish have been caught on the Clark. Skwalas around in the afternoons. Throw the dice and you might be surprised. Another great way to get away from the traffic on The Bitterroot.

Well there it is. if you have any questions about a game plan for fishing this weekend, stop by the Missoulian Angler for any thing. We are glad to help out and point you in the right direction.

-The MAngler

…Because you fish

Missoula Fishing Report

Independence Day Fishing Report

The Rivers around Missoula are shaping up for an awesome summer of dry fly fishing. The high water has been a blessing in disguise. While June was a struggle to find clean water around Missoula, The rest of the summer will be a dry fly anglers dream. The Salmon Flies , Goldens, Drakes, P.M.D.’s, and Caddis are all coming off on all of the Missoula area rivers.

The Rivers are going to be crowded this weekend. If you are looking for some water to yourself I would look for a little creek you have never fished but always wanted to. This is a great time of year to do some exploring.

FWP has reopened The lowest section of The Blackfoot and soon reopening the Woodside area on The Bitteroot. Please use extream caution if you choose to float these stretches of the rivers. Portage left at the Woodside diversion. The dam is deceiving from the upstream view. Our rivers are still high and very strong, use caution this weekend.

Happy 4th of July everyone!

-The MAngler

…Because you fish.

Rainbow Trout

The Fishing Report

The past couple days the water has bounced around, up and down. Salmonflies have come in full force and we are shifting into golden stone fishing. The Fish have seemed a little “Hungover” from all of the big bugs. They are fat and happy and digesting lots and lots of big bugs.

The green drakes are also here. If you can find some clean water they are eating the drakes when the clouds roll over. The water should been dropping into summer shape within the next week and we will be mayfly fishing by next week.

Stop by the shop to keep your finger on the pulse of the Missoula fishing scene. We are still making improvements in the shop daily. Come on in and see whats new.

-The MAngler

…Because You Fish