The Missouri is fishing good of course.
Flows on both Forks of the Flathead are on a pretty steep spike. The South Fork is dropping and appears to be negating the increases from the Forks, keeping the Mainstem stable. We’ll see if that continues. There will likely be some color coming in from the forks however and it could put the fishing off a bit, or not. Have to go to know. Reports have been solid from the Mainstem the past couple weeks with all disciplines catching some fish. Standard winter stuff is still producing. Stones, worms, eggs, and various beadhead attractors are all producing under an indicator. We have had luck with various sizes and colors of streamers but small and black has been the most consistent. Dry fly reports are inconsistent but midges are out. It’s all about finding the right spots right now. Slow holes, slow seams, slow banks, slow runs…..you get the theme here? The weather looks pretty nice for the rest of the week with highs in the mid 40’s.
The Bitterroot and Clark Fork should start to see BWO’s and skwalas soon and if the weather gets warm, we could see some great dry fly fishing with the big bug in the next few weeks. For now, the water temps are still cold and nymphing is the main game, maybe some fish eating midges in the right spot on the right day.