Montana Fly Fishing

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Bitter Root Fly Fishing Montana

Just like it says, the bugs have been epic. Sunny and hot. Doesn’t matter, stoneflies, mayflies, and caddis. the thickest I’ve seen in years.The water flows have been fairly good too, but dropping fast. Yesterday sleeping child diversion was a little grabby. Some afternoon showers would help a little. Along with FWP moving some obstacles […]

June 26 2023

Everything is fishing right now, Salmonflies are out, water levels are just about perfect.And for the first time in a few years the bug numbers seem really good. Had a banner day on one of the Bitteroot forks right out of the gate on the big bug and a fairly cool morning. Things switched cloudy […]

Spring 2023

Bitteroot Rainbow

Things are fishing pretty good depending on the day. A couple of warmer overcast days in a row can really trigger the big bugs on the Bitteroot. When a little slower a small Adams or BWO behind the chubby can be the trick. Later in the Day is your best bet. If its slow when […]


Brown trout

It’s the middle of June. 9/10 Summers, we would be already be fishing all local rivers. Not this one, but things are changing quickly as rivers continue to drop. This is a good problem unless your trying to find water right now. We “should” be in a position to have awesome water levels fo the […]

May 2022 Missoula Montana Fishing report

Blackfoot, Missoula

Pretty much a daily change in conditions. In fact your conditions could change several times a day, in spring. Yesterday on the Blackfoot, it snowed in the morning. Then cleared off and blew about 30mph the rest of the day. Today cool and rainy. Tomorrow 70’s and sunny. All changing how things fish considerably. The […]

2021 Season wrap up

It was a unique season to put it mildly. Not only one of the busiest on record. But also one of the driest. Often I’ll hear “Whats Next year look like”And, in this pandemic era and crazy weather patterns that seem to be the new norm. I don’t even venture to guess.What I do know […]

Shaping up Missoula

All rivers are really close. This will take some of the pressure off the upper Root and West Fork. Today the Blackfoot is @ 4100. The Clarity on both the BF and the Clark Fork at Milltown Park is about 2 feet vis. (See Photo). Down there I spotted a couple of Salmon Flies. And […]

Spring 2021 Missoula Fishing Report

The fishing has been productive this spring. And fairly crowded, depending on the day. If it’s a nice weekend day; you can bet everybody and their brother will be out. Good time to take a chance on the Blackfoot or Clarkfork. Even if conditions are not stellar, these options can put you on fish that […]

Fall 2020 Fishing Report

Well, I believe for just about everyone. The transition from summer to fall seems to feel as if it happens after Labor Day. Summers go fast, But fall is definitely a great time on the rivers. the days get a little shorter and cooler, and the fish seem to know its time to eat before […]

“Back to normal” Missoula Summer fishing Report 2020

Bitteroot river

“Back to normal” is a term or a saying that’s been tossed around a bit. In our fishing world that usually means Runoff has peaked and fishing has improved in Missoula. And, that is the case, for the most part. And sparing you of a detailed explanation of Covid/travel restrictions. Things are also back to […]