Mid June Report

The river had been shaping up nicely and producing good fishing on Salmon flies until the recent rains hit. The Bitterroot has experienced 3 days of heavy rain and the river is back on the rise making for some difficult fishing. Dry weather is in the forecast and the river will drop quickly once the rain ends. We are already seeing good hatches of Salmon flies, Golden Stones, Green drakes and PMD’s… give it a couple days before heading out and please be careful as flows are high and fast. See ya on the river……..

Early Summer Report

After an unusually high runoff thanks to above average snow pack, it looks like the Bitterroot River peaked on May 25th and is on the decline. The river has dropped about 2000 cfs in the last week… I am estimating that the river will be in shape by about the middle of June… Salmon flies should be out in abundance by then. Water levels will be high and fast, so proceed with caution and always wear a PFD. I’ll be guiding on the Missouri for another week then back to the Bitterroot to scout the river and prepare for summer. See ya on the river…………

Spring Fishing

The fishing continues to improve as we move into April. The spring hatches are in full swing and we are getting into some of the best fishing of the year. Along with Skwala’s we are seeing good numbers of Nemouras, Capnia, March Browns, Gray drakes, BWO’s and midges. Flows have bumped gradually over the last week but the river is still in great shape. Nights are still cold so the best dry fly action is afternoon.

The Fishing is Starting to Heat Up

After a slow start, dry fly fishing is beginning to improve. Water temps on the Bitterroot have been cold but are gradually warming. This has the stone flies hatching and the fish looking up. The best action is in the afternoon when water temps are the highest. Skwala’s and Nemoura’s are the predominant hatches right now.  I’ve seen a few of the spring may flies  starting to emerge but not in high enough numbers to get the fish keying on them.  The river is in great shape and the fishing will only get better in the coming days…

Winter Update

The Bitterroot snowpack is looking pretty good at 115% of normal. There is still quite a bit of winter left so lets hope this trend continues. If you are into winter fly fishing there are a few opportunities to fish. Fishing nymph rigs deep in the slower runs can get you hooked up on the milder days… If you are looking forward to some dry fly fishing, the Skwala hatch is about 6 weeks away..

Fall Fishing!

Finally after a long period of forest fires along with heat and smoke , the weather has turned to fall conditions… Last week brought us a good amount of rain and snow in the mountains dousing the fires for good. The change in weather is also great for fly fishing… The cool wet weather has got the may flies coming off in good numbers and the fish on the feed.. Hecubas, Mahoganines, BWO’s are emerging in good numbers especially on the cloudy days… Best time of day is afternoon. Good fishing should continue through October so get out and enjoy the best dry fly action of the year.