Bigfork, Whitefish, Kalispell Fly Fishing Guides

We’ve had a great spring. The freestone rivers have been in fish-able shape most of the time and run-off looks to be nearly over. We had exceptional dry fly fishing on the Clark Fork this past week with pmd and caddis hatches offering ramp to ramp dry fly fishing. The Blackfoot, Flathead, and Upper Swan have also been in and out of shape offering up some good opportunities to get out and catch some fish.  It’s a really fun time of year to role the dice – the pay off can be big and crowds small. The next couple weeks should be more of the same with flows yoyo-ing in and out of shape. No risk, no reward!

Our first dose of summer weather is on it’s way this week. We will likely get another flow increase with it. As of now the rivers have all been on a multiple day drop and are flat lined/fishable. That won’t last long with 80s in the forecast. Keep an eye on the NOAA prediction graphs and current flows and go try something different.

Stilwater fishing is always a reliable back-up plan. We’ve been catching the heck out of greyling and bumping into a few nice cutthroat out at Rogers Lake. Give us a call if you want to get on the water. We have guides servicing Whitefish, Kalispell, Bigfork and the greater Flathead area.

Current and upcoming hatches: Caddis, PMDs, green drakes, Salmon flies, yellow sallies

Fly patterns: purple haze, para caddis, elk hair caddis, juciy stones, fluttering stones, water walkers, henry’s fork stones, Rocky mtn mints, chubbies, SJWs, tung rubber legs, jig prince, jig pt, jig haresear, tactical jigs attractor nymphs, TJ Hookers, true drakes, true stones, stimis

Lake Flies: Chironomids, balanced leeches, haresears, calebaetis, damsels nymphs

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