The fishing is starting to pick up now that the flows are settling from the recent rain event. We are still dealing with rain, wind and weather passing through but the rivers are dropping. Water temps are a little cold for late June so the bugs and rising fish are not super consistent yet. We just need some stable warm weather and things are really gonna go.
The Flathead River has been seeing some fish up in the afternoons. PMDs, caddis, green drakes and golden stones are the bugs you’ll encounter. An oversized parachute, sparkle dun, or cripple off the back of a mid sized foam golden stone has been a good bet if the fish are looking up. If not, you can dig a few out on stone fly droppers like Pat’s Rubber legs, DB Rubberlegs, Tung Stones and the like.
The Blackfoot has been about the same. A few fish are eating salmon flies, goldens, and whatever other dry fly you want to through but the dry fly bite has been sluggish since the big bump from the rain. An up tick in water temp and some warm afternoons should gets things rolling. As for the Clark Fork, it’s still big and brown. It’s probably a week or less out. We hope…
Wind and rain have been a pain in the ass and throwing things off a bit. We are all happy to have the moisture and water in the rivers but we are sure ready for summer at this point. It looks like the weather is going to turn later in the week so lets keep our fingers crossed. Bring on summer!