Fishing Report

Finally (?) On the Drop…

  We’re nearing the end of May, and the hydro-graphs have finally begun to tilt downward. Barely, yes, but downward nonetheless!  We’ve had a ton of water, more than in, say, the past 100 years — for a visual, if you’ve ever stayed on the river at the Doubletree, you could make a fairly reasonable […]

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Web Absence – April Fishing Report

Fly Fishing Missoula in April

Please forgive the lack of posts of late, but starting in late March we got into a nice rhythm of being on the water every day, and the fish have rewarded us for our failed web presence. It’s been awesome to get the regulars back in the boat, and to introduce some new peeps to the […]

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Inching Towards Spring

Missoula Fishing Report March

  Is it early spring in Western Montana, or late winter?  Can the fish tell the difference? We’re inching our way towards spring, and have been enjoying our days on the water regardless of seasonal distinction. There have been a few adult skwalas sighted on the Bitterroot, and we’ve fooled the first few dry fly fish of […]

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Want Fish With Shoulders? Fish The Shoulder Seasons

Spring Fishing in Missoula

  Any bird/elk/bow hunter will understand the lack of reports over the past couple of months, but the rest of our readers are probably wondering where we’ve been, and more importantly, when it’s fair to start counting the days to spring fly fishing. The answer is NOW.  But first, a quick update on our snow situation… […]

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It’s Winter in Montana

winter fishing report

The goose is getting fat Winter is here for now — our first real snow filling up the driftboats guides haven’t put away yet.  In addition to watching our snowpack pile up for 2018, another pleasant endeavor is sitting with a bowl of elk stew and paging through the photo album from the fall. It’s […]

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Little Bugs

September Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report Finally, fall is here, and we can all exhale (and inhale too).  After some good cold rains, the forest fire smoke has all but disappeared–and the mayflies have begun to pop.  Tricos, BWOs, Mahoganies, and tiny psuedos have blanketed the Clark Fork, ‘Root, and Blackfoot over the past several days. That’s right, the real reasons […]

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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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