Report: April 17 2015

Full on spring fishing is on the menu this weekend in western Montana, and your options are all good ones. Want to toss streamers? It’s on. Want to catch lots of fish? Dunk a nymph rig. Want to throw dries to risers? Yep, we got that too. Right now, spring fishing is looking good, and […]

Report March 28. 2015

Fly Report 3/27/15 Spring fishing in western Montana is here, and there are some good options for the weekend. I’m going to keep it short and sweet on the Clark Fork: Skip it. High and off color, not worth your time. Rock Creek is staying cold as well, and if you’re really loving watching the […]

March 20, 2015

Should you be fishing this weekend? Yep. The weather looks increasingly spring-like: sun one minute, spitting rain the next, and fun throughout. The rivers all took a bump during the early rain this week, but the flows are dropping on the Bitterroot and the skwala nymphs are still moving toward the banks. What a difference […]

March 13, 2015

Well, the front-and-center bug is front and center on the Bitterroot, and you can officially load your cannons for skwala-seeking trout in the afternoons – if conditions are right. Look for that water to hit the early 40s before throwing the dry if you want your best chances, or just stick with a dry/dropper rig […]

March 9, 2015 Fly Report

The weekend was a good one for western Montana, and the Bitterroot, Rock Creek, and the upper Clark Fork all fished well. The big buzz this time of year is the Skwala hatch, an early stonefly whose smoky wings and olive body move trout in the skinny water if the water temps are right. While […]

March 6, 2015

Nothing shakes the winter crust off a fly fishing guide better than a warmup in spring. As temperatures rise, the buzz around the flybins does as well – and in recent years that buzz is all about the skwala. This year is no different, and during a stop yesterday at a local shop to grab […]

Winter Tying

For the snowbound angler, winter means bugs flying out of the vise. Nothing motivates a little tying than a quick look at fly boxes that haven’t been opened since that last hatch. Glaring holes are a good place to start. But if you’re a guide, or plan on giving lots of flies to lots of […]

Skwala Flies

Hatch- the word alone gets most fly anglers excited. Add to the mix a long, cold winter and the mere thought of a big stonefly hatch with the prospect of tossing dry flies, and you get a whole lot of skwala commotion in western Montana. Let’s be real about this: water temperature is a big […]