Posts by Anthony VonRuden


August Fishing Report

  The spruce moth fishing on the upper drainages has been good enough, steady enough, that we haven’t been calling on too many wild card floats. But we took a lark the other day and called the shuttle guy, who told us that the otherwise well-trafficked SUCH-AND-SUCH to SO-AND-SO hadn’t been floated in over two weeks–and, man, […]

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(Good) Dog Days of Summer

Summer Fly Fishing in Missoula Late July is always an interesting fishing window around Missoula. Some years a long-lasting PMD and golden game carries us through, while other years our spruce moths and hoppers arrive early, providing big meals for dry-fly hungry trout. This year seems to be serving up some mixture of the above — good dry […]

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Heat Wave Coming — But Ample Flows to Buffer

July Fishing Report Summer FLy Fishing in Missoula

  It’s amazing how fast the Salmonflies burn off the Blackfoot and the color turns from olive to deep blue on the lower Clark Fork — suddenly it’s mid-summer and the fishing has been stellar. Even over the scorching weekend we were able to put on the water early and enjoy bent rods from ramp […]

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Back to Where We Were… Almost.

  After some far better early June fishing than we’d expected, a colossal rainstorm bumped our waters back over their original peak and, after staring at flow charts for a couple of days, we spent a week on the Missouri and West Fork. The audibles were more than serviceable (see pics below) but it took the […]

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Missoula Salmonfly Hatch Report

  Most years the Salmonflies start on Rock Creek’s lower end on Memorial Day weekend with flows around 1600 CFS. The bugs have kept with the calendar this year, where they’re hatching in fair numbers and mating flights have started on warm afternoons. What else will keep to the chalk? Flow wise, the answer is […]

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Yessir, This is Runoff

Missoula Fishing Report in May

  Missoula Fly Fishing — Runoff Report If you’re a relative newcomer to Western Montana, you may be wondering what just happened to our rivers and when they’ll be fishable again.  If so, keep wondering — you’ll have at least a few weeks to figure it out. While the past couple of runoffs have subsided […]

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Steady Rollin’…Until It’s Not

Missoula Fishing Report

  By all accounts, it’s been one of the cooler springs in recent memory — but that’s set to change by the end of the week. Thursday’s temps are predicted in the high seventies, and Friday’s too. Yes, that should kick the final spring hatches — second-wave skwallas and caddis — into gear, but it […]

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Dialed – April Fishing Report

Missoula April Fishing

  What a fabulous week of fishing last week was, and what an awesome outlook for the coming week! The cloudy days with highs in the upper 50’s and stable to dropping flows scream mayflies (BWOs, March Browns, Gray Drakes) and the skwala will continue to turn some of the biggest heads in the river. […]

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Spring is Swinging

Bitterroot Fishing Report

Missoula and Bitterroot River Fishing Report Welcome to what looks like Missoula’s “new normal” flow-wise, for this spring anyway.  On the ‘Root, Fork, and Foot, flows are level, and the water’s clear, but the rivers are still carrying more water than they have for the past couple of springs. This is good news if you’re willing to […]

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Trending Upward….

Fishing Report Missoula Late March

The fishing, that is! It’s pretty damn good out there, in fact. Bordering on stellar. With fish feeding on dry flies for the bulk of the day, you can play a buoyant leggy Skwalla and run it long, or pick and pop to risers with a double dry rig in the right spots. The river’s continue […]

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