Salmon flies!

The Bitterroot has continued to drop over the past week.  Dry fly fishing is really picking up on the forks and main Bitterroot. Salmon flies are emerging on the east and west forks in good numbers and the fish are keying on them. This hatch should last for the next week or so..  The other summer hatches are beginning to come on and trout should start keying on them as well.  We are seeing good numbers of green drakes, gray drakes, pmd’s and golden stones. Although the river has dropped it is still running fast and high. Please use caution when wading and floating. See ya on the river…..

Bitterroot shaping up!

After a long period of high water the Bitterroot is clear and dropping. Warm dry weather over the last month has helped bring a bunch of mountain snow down. There is still a good amount of high elevation snow that should keep the river flowing all summer. Salmon flies have begun to appear on the main river and should be about 1 to 2 weeks away on the east and west forks. Fish are seeing lots of the big nymphs migrating to the banks and are feeding aggressively on them. There are also some golden stones , pmd’s , and green drakes. There is very little surface activity and the majority of fish are being caught on nymph patterns fished in the slower runs.. As water levels continue to drop dry fly action should pick up significantly. While the river is dropping it is still quite high and above normal levels for this time of year. Please use caution if wading or floating. The high water has moved a lot of debris around and there are several trees blocking passage on the east and west forks. Wear life jackets and when in doubt scout it out. See ya on the river……….