There is a lot of water in the rivers this spring. It hasn’t made the fishing easy. But despite the high water we’ve had some great days on the water. Some good dry fly fishing too. It looks like there’s more rain in the forecast so the rivers could see another spike. If not the fishing should improve as flows drop. Fingers are crossed for flows to continue to fall.
The Bitterroot has been the best dry fly option and will continue to produce good dry fly opportunities in the coming weeks if flows remain stable. Stonefly/sjw droppers in the morning with skwalas and March browns in the afternoons… Avoiding traffic and a good reach mend will help your day.
The Blackfoot is fishing fairly well with streamers and nymphs. The crowds are thin so you’ll likely have it to yourself, and it’s a good time of year to get a big one. Turds and worms or dredging streamers is the deal.
Lower Clark Fork is still big and carrying a little color but you can catch some fish with nymphs and streamers. BWOs, March browns, grey drakes, and flying skwalas are all on tap. If water conditions continue to drop this river should give up some good dry fly fishing any day. It’s worth a try to run a big foam fly and a dropper in the afternoon.
The Flathead is still BIG. There are a few spots where you can find some fish but it’s not easy. The river was clear yesterday and we managed a handful of fish on a half day with beginners so there are some fish to be caught. Good numbers of little stones coming off in the afternoon and actually a few splashy risers here and there. A small dark stimi will work but you’re better off dredging a turd and a worm. If we can get dropping flows for a few days it should start to improve. But there’s rain in the forecast…
We just got a bunch of new Bigfork Anglers schwag in the shop. A couple new sun hoodies, sun shirts, T’s and a bunch more on the way. A few new foamies in the bins too so get’m while they last.