Flathead bent with guide Adam Pate.

The anticipated wet weather event has played out better than we could have expected. Several inches of rain came down in portions of western Montana saturating the ground, putting out fires, cooling rivers, and bumping stream flows just as we were on the brink of FWP hoot owl restrictions. The rivers are all fishing well and it looks like mild temps in the forecast should keep things happy for the near future.

Flathead River Report

Plenty of fish willing to eat the dry. A few pmds and caddis still around but not much in the way of hatches. The wind has been rough…Blind fishing small foam flies still produces strikes but the risers are looking for little mayfly stuff. Once the wind dies and we get a few sunny days it should be great/easy dry fly fishing.

Blackfoot River Report

Pretty standard fishing for this time of year. A few nice ones, a handful of mediums, and a pile of dinks is the standard day out there. You can stick with the dry fly and still catch enough to make the day. Try the foamie attractor stuff in the am and then role smaller mayfly patterns after lunch.

Clark Fork Report

Good to great fishing down there. Clouds and rain have made this the place to be. A good size push of water is making its way through the system and should recharge the bugs and fish for the upcoming week.  Lots of refusals in the sun on the big bugs so try a mid sized parachute mayfly or a small home-brew foamie if you are getn some sniffers.

Fly Patterns

Dry Fly patterns of the week – Purple Rocky MTN Mint, Henry’s Fork Golden, small Stalcup hoppers, The Moosetail chute, harrops caddis, harrops last chance pmd cripple, Sweetgrass Hopper, Purple Craze

Droppers of the week – Purple tung salvation, brown & golden tungstones, turds, SJW’s, soft hackle tung jigs, Tung rubber leg prince, DB epoxy stones


Chunky Flathead dry fly cutthroat with guide Rod Stultz.

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