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Tuesday May, 17, 2022

May 2022 Missoula Montana Fishing report

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 color is a nice glacier green with a couple feet of vis. But subsurface is the name of the game for the most part. Fish were caught on the silly worm and pat’s mostly. A couple of streamer eats. Things may hold on for another week before the big push..? But who really knows, there are too many factors to consider. Its a nice way to get away from the crowds.Upper Clark is probably better water quality than the BF. The further east of town the better. The weather dictates if your looking at a Mayfly pattern or a bobber.The Root has steadily dropped throughout the week. Except for a small bump on the West Fork. Side channels should continue to fish even as the river rises. Better the weather the more crowds. No pain no gain, I guess. the Lower Clark seems to be

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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 is. Fishing is always a great way to get away from it all. And that will never change. Right now it’s snowing out. So that’s a good sign. The more the better. A great time to get down to the bench and tie a few up. You can’t ever have too many bugs. Also maybe to reflect on past trips and be thankful for the great memories. Because in the end. Thats all we really have. So give us a call and get a few days on the books. Because one things for sure. Your not going to have great memories unless you get out and make em.

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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 not many cases on the branches. This would logically indicate the hatch hasn’t quite yet begun, or its an off year for the bugs.Over on the Root the fishing has been good with the action fairly consistent on top. Tho a nymph rig will out fish drys 2 to 1. Things are starting to get busy everywhere so choose your float wisely.The Clark Fork above Missoula is @ 6900. And 2460 on the Root in Darby.Fishing Report Missoula Montana

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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 haven’t been hammered.This weekend’s weather will bump flows next week, but maybe not to the extent as the forecast at the beginning of the week predicted.Really, the key to good fishing has been dependent on the day. More than the fly you choose. Warmer overcast days with low wind is the trick. On this kind of day any Stonefly pattern in the 10-14 size will do the trick. A Brindlechute, with a stonefly nymph will also keep you connected. Sunny days can still be productive, with the right attitude. Nymphing likely being the game. Just make sure you have a rubber-leg on. For some reason the trout decided they don’t like the san juan just yet? Maybe post runoff.?This is spring fishing. No reason to be on the river at 9. Bankers hours, get out and get that arm in shape..

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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 the winter slow down. You can find cool overcast days with mayflies coming off. Or still plenty on warm hopper days.The later is what the next 10 days are looking like. Everything seems to have come a little later this year, hatch wise. Hopper’s didn’t really seem to be in full swing till the 3rd week in August. And Trico’s started around the beginning of Sept. Possibly due to the better flows and cooler than average water temps.? It’s all just an educated guess, I guess.. But what is for sure is that it has been a really good season. Fishing wise, and continues to be good.The days of needing to be on the water at 6am are behind us. Hopper fishing seems to be the best mid-day. Peach and yellow producing the best. A good starting fly in the morning has been a darker

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“Back to normal” Missoula Summer fishing Report 2020

“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 normal, for the most part. Right now you can come and go, from out of state for your fishing trip. Thankfully…Fishing wise. The Blackfoot has been dropping hard and reached that green color that indicates you should have a great day. Lots of salmon flies, PMD’s caddis, and yellow sallies out. You can get them on top. And with a drop. Likewise, a nymph rig can be extremely effective. Cool-weather this week should help the river continue to fall.The Clark Fork is where the Blackfoot was about a week ago. Still off-color; but worth a shot, If you want to avoid the extended cabin fever crowds you’ll find on a weekend. Sub-surface is the name of the game on the CF.Bitteroot is clear, big, and falling most of the river. Getting in the side channels still paying off.The West Fork is crowded on most days.

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