Not much new and exciting to report. The Bitterroot river is running high and off color and doesn’t offer many safe fishing options currently. Many folks including me have headed offer to the Missouri river to fish below Holter dam where flows are controlled. We are all anxiously awaiting the coming of summer and the Bitterroot shaping up for fly fishing. This year we had about normal snow pack in the mountains but much of it has melted off in the warm spring weather. I am anticipating the West Fork to start fishing well about the 2nd or 3rd week of June. Big stone flies (salmon flies & goldens) will be the name of the game when that happens. Check in for updates on river levels. See ya on the river soon………….
The hot temps didn’t last and typical spring weather has returned. Nights have been below freezing and days have been cool slowing the snow melt considerably. The Bitterroot has dropped a great deal since hitting flood stage a week ago. The water is clearing up as well. Even though the water is up and moving at a could clip you can still fish it. Best places to focus are the side channels and slower runs. Most fish are being caught on nymphs but there can be a little dry fly action if you are in the right spot when bugs are hatching. There are still some Skwala’s on the water, may flies ( March Brown, Gray drake) and Caddis. Use caution as the river is moving fast and some of the trees have moved around. this window of opportunity shouldn’t last long as temperatures are forecast to get back in the mid 70’s this week.