Inching Towards Spring

By on Mar 12th, 2018   //   Less than a minute to read

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 the season already.

secret fly fishing flies


So far mostly it’s been a dropper game on the ‘Root as the water temps creep upward and the photochromatic rays accumulate.  It’s a nice time of year to be on the river: quiet with a grilled meal and hot soup waiting around lunch, and plenty of surprisingly bent rods to boot.

fly fishing on the bitterroot

As the season progresses and the hatches ramp up we’ll concentrate more on dry fly fishing with a single offering.

We’ve got plenty of snowpack, both low and mid and high elevation–this sets up real well for catching big brown trout, as these special creatures are exposed, and moving around often with fluctuating flows.

We’ve still got a few openings in both late March and April, and if we don’t get Gagnon off of his fly tying vise, the fish will never forgive us! Give us a call, and let us know how we can dial in your first big fish of the year.

Spring Fishing Trips



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