June 27, 2012
The Ruby has been fishing well. Try nymphing during the heat of the day with a Yellow Sallie nymph and a pheasant tail. If you want dry's stick around till evening and hit the caddis hatch. Try a standard elk hair caddis or a thunder dome with a soft hackle caddis emerger behind and you will stay bent. If you want to fish a dry try a chubby with caddis or a parachute adams behind.
Missoula Area Waters:
All of the waters around Missoula such as the Bitterroot, Blackfoot and Clark Fork River are just now coming into shape and really fishing well. Golden Stones with a long dropper of a prince or San Juan worm will take fish no matter where you go. The Blackfoot has been producing some really big fish nymphing and with streamers. The salmon flys on on the foot are still a great option especially in the canyon.
On the Bitterroot try a golden such as a chubby with prince nymph dropper. The water is still a little cold so mid day to evening has been the ticket.
Everything in the Missoula Area is running brown and high right now.
The Missouri river near Craig is fishing great. With the overcast the blue wing olive and the midges are hatching in record numbers. Stay late because the best fishing is in the afternoon to evening. There are heads up and feeding all over the river. If you into fishing small dries to rising fish this is really worth the trip right now. The fish are not real picky right now and a standard parachute adams in a size 16 will get the job done on most rising fish.
April 7, 2012
Missoula Area Fishing Great!
The Missoula area is fishing great right now. The Bitterroot River is on fire with the Skwala hatch. Reports we are getting say skwalla, march brown, midges, and blue wing olive's are all on the water. Start your day with a skwala dry and a dropper and transition over to a skwala and a march brown for your afternoon delight. If you are into fishing big dry's there is no better place in the state right now. We will be over there outfitting on the Bitterroot River and Clark Fork River for the next week. That's how good it is fishing. Give us a call at the shop if you want the latest report or if you want a place in the boat for this great early spring fishing.
March 15thBitterroot River and Clark Fork River Fly Fishing Report
If you are up for a road trip now is the time of year to try the Missoula area. The famed Skwala hatch is just getting going on the Bitterroot River and Clark Fork River. With the warm weather the skwala nymphs are migrating to the banks and the latest reports tell of good success with stone fly nymphs and bead heads in the slower inside of runs as well as a few reports of trout rising to the dry fly. This is only just the start and the fly fishing will get better in the next few weeks. Skwala adults will become more numerous as well as blue wing and march brown mayflies will start to show up.