Summer is cruising along. All that snow and high water is gonzo. In fact most of our rivers are at or below average flows at this point. The Blackfoot River , Clark Fork River, Swan River, and Flathead River are fishing well. Put the bobbers away…we have been chucking humming bird sized foam flies hoot’n and holler’n down the river.

Flathead River Fly Fishing Report

The flows are just about perfect. Lots of fishable water at this point. PMDs and Caddis are the main hatches but foam flies are working well. If you find risers they will likely eat a foam fly. If not, a purple haze will do the trick. If the fish aren’t interested in the dry right out of the gate, a small stonefly, prince, or whatever attractor nymph off your foam desure will pick up fish in the morning. Fly color is not important, yesterday they ate 4 different colored foamies…

Clark Fork River Fly Fishing Report

This river is in the zone. A foamie is all you need to catch plenty of fish. Not lots of bugs but the fish are definitely looking up. Pop a dropper off the back if you really want to rack up the numbers. Hot weather this week might put a damper on the middle afternoon so late or early might be a good choice.

Blackfoot River Fly Fishing Report

Still fishing well despite the pounding its received over the last couple weeks. Still tons of bugs and some fish willing to eat the big stuff but large mayflies and smaller goldens are a better choice for steady action. The dropper will produce if you can find the right one. Mid sized stones have been working well under the foam bug. Getting lucky with traffic is helpful. Like any of our freestone rivers, if you go real early or till dark you’ll avoid all us bearded surly man boy guides and most likely have more bugs and fish looking up once the sun is of the water.


Jason Lanier
Latest posts by Jason Lanier (see all)