River levels have stabilized and dropped over the last week and good dry fly action continues.. The Skwala hatch is still on and trout are still looking for the big bugs. The may flies ( March Brown, Grey Drake ) have been hatching in big numbers as well.. If you see rising fish throw a Skwala and if they refuse try a may fly imitation. Weather conditions are predicted to remain cool for the next week. This should keep the river from blowing out and provide great dry fly action. see ya on the river ~ ><(((*>
It’s been another typical spring here in Monanta. Last weeks warm spring weather gave way to cold wind and snow. While the Skwala’s continue to emerge the cold slowed down the action a bit. Afternoons are still the best time to catch fish on dries. Temperatures are predicted to warm this week and should really get the bugs and fish going. Skwala’s and Nemoura’s are out in big numbers and I am also beginning to see some the spring may flies (March Browns and Gray Drakes). The fish haven’t seen enough to start keying on them but that should change this week. A 2 fly rig should get it done most days . Run a Skwala in front and trail a Nemoura or may fly emerger behind .. See ya on the river…… ~><(((*>
As we head into March there is much talk and anticipation of the Skwala hatch. While we have had a few mild days the hatch won’t be in full swing for another 2 weeks. There are currently some good fishing opportunities to be had on the Bitterroot. Every March the Skwala nymphs migrate to the edge of the river and wait for the proper time to emerge. As those nymphs move to shore trout will begin to feed heavily on them. Nymph fishing has been good on the warmer afternoons fishing various Skwala nymph patterns or just attractors like a prince. If you are lucky risers can be found on the warmer afternoons sipping midges. Float a Skwala dry over them , sometimes they will be opportunists and grab it. If the trout refuse your Skwala, match the hatch with a small dark midge #18 – #22… The 1st great dry fly action of the season is just around the corner……..See ya on the river!
I hope everyone had a fun holiday season and the New Year is off to a great start. Not much action to report on Bitterroot river fly fishing.. We have had cold temperatures over the past week and a fair amount of ice has begun to build on the river. There is still some open water on the lower river if you are interested in trying your luck. Your best bet will be fishing nymphs low and slow in the slower runs.. Dress warm and be prepared to have your guides ice up every few casts. The Bitterroot snowpack as of January 19th is about 90%. A bit below average but nothing we can’t make up with a few good storms. The snowpack builds until April so there is plenty of time left and things can change quickly. Check my site for updates on conditions.. Don’t forget the Skwala hatch is less then 2 months away………….. Eddie
After a mild fall, winter is finally settling into the Bitterroot. Snow pack is beginning to build and we are at 90% of normal already. Hopefully the snow will continue and provide good stream flows in 2013. I haven’t been doing much fishing lately, mostly hunting and now skiing. If you are into winter fly fishing there are some opportunities on the river. Most of the action is subsurface with streamers and nymphs fished deep in the slower runs. On warmer afternoons you may get a very narrow window of dry fly activity on midges and BWO’s. I will update my report throughout winter with river conditions and snow pack levels ..
In most years fishing usually winds down in November as temperatures drop. This year November has come in with mild temperatures and warm afternoons. The last few days have seen high temps close to 60′ which is keeping water temps in the mid 40′s and the trout actively feeding. There is still a good window of dry fly action in mid afternoon with trout taking BWO’s, Midges and even a few Mahoganies. When fish aren’t rising, going under with nymphs and streamers has been very effective. The mild temps are expected to last until the end of the week when a front with lots of snow will move in. If you have a chance , get out and enjoy some great late season fly fishing. See ya on the river………