A nice dry fly brown.
Good hatches and rising fish will be the norm for a while just about everywhere. All the freestones are turning over and on the drop. The fishing is about to get real good/easy for a while. Hopefully we can stick in a holding pattern with the weather and keep the bugs, flows, and fish in a happy place. We don’t want any 90/100 degree weather…we like average – mid 70s and some moisture is what we should see in June. Keep your fingers crossed.
Mixed reports from the Blackfoot during the last week with the water on the rise. The Canyon section of the B-foot has been getting most of the pressure. There are a ton of bugs up there but the dry fly bite has been better mid river where there are fewer bugs and boats. But you have to leave your Adipose at home for those sections. It’s on the drop now and should have fish looking for a variety of dry flies river wide.
The Clark Fork was popp’n off before the last hike in flows and should be giving up some great dry fly fishing on the drop. Twitchy foam bugs along the willow banks will get plowed. Over sized parachutes are also a great bet when the PMDs, sulfers, and drakes are coming off. Caddis in the evening will have fish splashing in the eddies and any caddis pattern will work. A softy off the back will help if you’re drift is sub-par.
The Flathead and Forks are on a hard drop and the dry fly fishing should be solid this week on the main stem with PMDs and caddis. Golden Stones, green drakes, and sallies should start to pop soon.
The Missouri dry fly fishing is heating up as well but there’s no need to make the haul right now. Lots of good options coming on line on the west side.