Abundant hatches…

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……………… ~ ><((*>

Salmon Flies???

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……~><(((*>