Missoula Fly Fishing Report 5/15

Bitterroot River

Big and muddy. Focus on where tributaries come in and create a clear seem downstream.

 

Blackfoot River

Big and muddy. Focus on where tributaries come in and create a clear seem downstream.

 

Clark Fork River

Big and muddy. Focus on where tributaries come in and create a clear seem downstream.

 

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with the other tributaries that open up this coming Saturday. Focus on any soft water you can find. Streamers and nymphs are your best tactic right now.

Runoff is here which means it’s time to drive over the hill and hit the Missouri.

We have added many new fly patterns to our bins for the Missouri this year.

Come check em out and let us know what you think!

Fishing Report 5/3

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot has dropped and clarity is looking good. Fishing is improving every day and looks like it will continue to fish with the current forecast. For dries the March Brown in the clouds has been our go to and a single Skwala in the sun. With the water temperature rising to mid 40’s to 50, the streamer fishing can be as good as it gets. Get out while you still can as we typically don’t get windows like this in may and the fishing can be really good.

 

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot is coming back down and starting to turn dark green. While not off the hook by any means and not a numbers game, the Blackfoot River can produce some hogs this time of year. Streamer fishing is our preferred method this time of year, but nymphing inside seams will usually be a more effective strategy if you are after numbers.

 

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork is still a bit off color but there is about a foot and a half to two feet of visibility which is more then enough clarity to get it done. We fished the Clark Fork above town yesterday and it fished better then expected. Lots of March Browns and a few Skwalas kept us busy fishing dry flies throughout the day and the streamer fishing was good too.

 

Rock Creek

Like many other streams right now, Rock Creek is recovering from a big bump in flows which turned things off for a few days. Rock Creek has also enjoyed a break from the rain and a dropping flows the last few days and is back to a solid option. We have had a few of our guys floating and is not a bad option at these flows. While it is a bit high for preferred wade fishing flows, it still isn’t a bad option at all for wading either. The Skwala and March Brown dry has been our tactic up here and when the dry fly fishing is slow, we throw on a streamer. Look for slower holding water and deep nymph rigs for numbers.

May is here and that means it’s almost time to drive over the hill and hit the Missouri.

We have stepped up our fly game for the Mo this year.

Come check em out and let us know what you think!

FISHING REPORT 5/1

Bitterroot River

It appears that the Bitterroot will give us another window of opportunity before big water hits. After a few cold nights, the river has dropped and clarity is looking good. The forecast calls for dry and cooler temps so that should hold off runoff for a bit. For dries the March Brown in the clouds has been our go to and a single Skwala in the sun. With the water temperature rising to mid 40’s to 50, the streamer fishing can be as good as it gets.

 

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot is coming back down and starting to turn dark green. While not off the hook by any means and not a numbers game, the Blackfoot River can produce some hogs this time of year. Streamer fishing is our preferred method this time of year, but nymphing inside seams will usually be a more effective strategy if you are after numbers.

 

Clark Fork River

Not the best option right now but if you have your mind set on the Clark Fork then focus on inside seams fishing deep nymphs and streamers. Taking advantage of clear runs behind tributaries is always a good option with off color conditions on the big river.

 

Rock Creek

Like many other streams right now, Rock Creek is recovering from a big bump in flows which turned things off for a few days. Rock Creek has also enjoyed a break from the rain and a dropping flows the last few days and is back to a solid option. We have had a few of our guys floating and is not a bad option at these flows. While it is a bit high for preferred wade fishing flows, it still isn’t a bad option at all for wading either. The Skwala and March Brown dry has been our tactic up here and when the dry fly fishing is slow, we throw on a streamer. Look for slower holding water and deep nymph rigs for numbers.

May is here and that means it’s almost time to drive over the hill and hit the Missouri.

We have stepped up our fly game for the Mo this year.

Come check em out and let us know what you think!

FISHING REPORT 4/17

Bitterroot

We couldn’t of asked for better conditions this week for fishing for the Bitterroot River. The water level has came back down to average flows and the bugs and fish are both cooperating. We have seen a lot more mayflies on these cloudy days such as March Browns and BWO’s but the fish seem to be eating the Skwala just fine. The second half of the day is best but even the late morning is starting to produce If you love streamer fishing then this is also a great time for streamers. Fish them slow and low.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot River is starting to turn greenish after the bump in flows the last few weeks. While the fishing isn’t about numbers up there right now, it can produce some big fish this time of year. Streamers and deep nymph rigs are the way to go. Focus on the inside seems and slower water.

Clark Fork

The Clark Fork River is slowly clearing up and with a little help from the weather, this could be a solid option in the coming week.

Rock Creek

We are starting to see a lot more bugs on Rock Creek this last week and fish is improving everyday. Skwala’s, Little Black Stones and March Browns are the main focus right now. Fish streamers and nymphs early in the day and switch over to a big dry for the second half of the day regardless if you see fish rise or not. Some of the best fishing of the year can be had up here right now.

For the month of April we are offering full day guided trips for $395 for two people.

Come enjoy a day on the water during our favorite time of year.

 

Fishing Report 4/13

Bitterroot

After a big bump in flow, the Root is coming back down and producing some good dry fly fishing in the last few days. The best reports have been from mid river up towards the top, however we have heard of  a few good reports on the lower river too. Still not a bunch of Skwalas, but enough to catch the attention of the fish. Focus on the second half of the day if you are after the dry fly action. Nymphing is of course your most effective strategy at this point. 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 turning dark in color. With current conditions this is not your best option. Hopefully with a little help from the weather, this will level out and clear up a bit before we go into full runoff.

Rock Creek

We are starting to see some Skwalas hatching and the fish are slowly starting to look up for them. Rock Creek is a great option this time of year and can produce good fishing regardless of the fluctuating flows. If you are after Skwala dry fly fishing then focus on the second half of the day. Nymphing with Stonefly patterns and streamers is your best option especially the first half of the day but don’t hesitate to throw on a Skwala dry in the afternoon.

We have added hundreds of new patterns to our fly selection this year.

Stop in and check em out!

Fishing Report 4/10

Bitterroot

The Root has jumped up in flow the last few days with all the precipitation we have seen. Even with the bump in flows, the fishing has stayed pretty good. The best reports have been from mid river up towards the top, however we have heard of  a few good reports on the lower river too. Still not a bunch of Skwalas out but there is enough to start sparking their interest. Focus on the second half of the day if you are after the dry fly action. Nymphing is of course your most effective strategy at this point. 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 turning dark in color. With current conditions this is not your best option. Hopefully with a little help from the weather, this will level out and clear up a bit before we go into full runoff.

Rock Creek

We are starting to see some big Skwalas hatching and the fish are slowly starting to look up for them. Rock Creek is a great option this time of year and can produce good fishing regardless of the fluctuating flows. Nymphing with Stonefly patterns and streamers is your best option especially the first half of the day but don’t hesitate to throw on a Skwala dry in the afternoon.

We have added hundreds of new patterns to our fly selection this year.

Stop in and check em out!