After a long hot summer and early fall the weather has finally turned more fall like. While all local rivers are low they are still in good shape and fishable. Fishing restrictions have been lifted for weeks and water levels are rising while temps are dropping.. The fish are also responding to these changes. Cooler water temps trigger fish into feeding more as winter approaches. Mayfly hatches are becoming more abundant as well. There are still Trico’s and Hecuba’s and the Mahogany duns and BWO’s are coming on strong in the cooler wetter weather. Dry fly fishing has been good with the cloudy weather. On the sunnier days Trico’s still emerge in the morning until mid day and there are still plenty of hoppers around on the warm afternoons. See ya on the river……. ~ ><(((*>
Hot weather and low water has been the name of the game lately. a lower then normal snowpack and early runoff has put a damper on river levels.The Bitterroot and other local rivers are running below average levels and water temps are up on the lower river. FWP has imposed fishing restrictions on the Bitteroot and Clark Fork rivers. Fishing is allowed from midnight until 2pm after 2 no fishing.. This is to reduce mortality on fish already stressed by high temperatures.. The West and East forks have no restrictions and are fishing well.. The name of the game for flies has been attractors and terrestrials hoppers , beetles , ants , and spruce moths.. While river levels are lower than average the river is still floatable and Painted rocks lake is 90% full which should provide cold flows throughout September.. We received a good rain last night that bumped the river up a bit. Late summer hatches (Trico, Hecubas )aren’t far off and with nights getting cooler and longer we should turn the corner soon.. See ya on the river…..
Abundant hatches and great dry fly action is the name of the game on the Bitterroot. The forks and main Bitterroot are fishing well. Hatches out on the river are green & gray drakes, PMD’s, caddis, large and small goldens and the bitterroot stones are coming on strong. Fishing is holding up all day even in the heat. Fish may flies in the morning and then stones in the heat of the day and look for a decent caddis hatch in the evening. See ya on the river………..
The Bitterroot river is dropping and the fly fishing is tuning on river wide.. The West Fork is the place to be if you want to fish Salmon flies. The big bugs are out on the entire length of the Fork and fish are still on them. they have been fished pretty hard in the last week and the trout are getting a bit picky. A well placed fly in a tight spot should still get you hooked up on nice fish. A few Green Drakes and Golden Stones are beginning to show but not in enough numbers to get the fish keyed in… The story is different on the main Bitterroot. Salmon flies are long past but we are seeing good numbers of the other June hatches … Golden stones in various sizes are out as well as yellow sallies, green drakes, PMD’s and caddis . The next few weeks should provide some of the most consistent dry fly fishing on the Bitterroot . We have had a good deal of rain in the last 2 days which is helping our lower than average flows. Lets hope mother nature continues to cooperate.. See ya on the river……………… ~ ><((*>
As we head into June runoff continues and while the water is high it is clear and a bit below normal. Snowpack ended up about 90% of normal and an unusually warm spell in May melted a bunch of that snow. I think we have seen peak flow, but there is snow in the mountains that will bump flows a bit. The hope is now that the remaining snow comes off slowly and provides good stream flows throughout summer. The river is becoming fish and floatable and I will begin guiding about the 2nd week of June. There have been a few reports of Salmon flies on the forks and upper Bitterroot river. The hatch is just getting started and should be in full swing over the next 2 weeks. Salmon flies are our largest stone fly and provide some exciting dry fly action. After that we will begin to see Green Drakes and Golden Stones. Summer booking are filling fast but there are a few days left so call and book that trip if you haven’t yet. See ya on the river……~><(((*>
We have had a very cold snap in the last week. While many people are complaining that spring is late in arriving, most fly fishers are rejoicing. There are 2 reasons for this, increased snow accumulation and lack of melting have significantly increased our snow pack. A few weeks ago we were sitting at 76% of normal and now we are at 91% of normal. This equates to better stream flow into the summer. The second reason, the river has been dropping and clarity is excellent. This provides great fishing conditions even though its a bit cold. Hatches are still coming off and fish are on them. The window of dry fly action is a bit narrower and starts a bit later but when its on it’s great. We are expecting a warming trend this week that will really get the bugs and fish going for longer periods in the day.. I am anticipating some of the best fishing of spring this week. Get out and enjoy it now as eventually the warmer temperatures will lead to increased snow melt and the arrival of run-off… Not much has changed with bugs, fish are still keying on Skwala’s and there are abundant may fly hatches of March Browns, Grey Drakes and BWO’s…. See ya on the river ~><(((*>