What an amazing month of fishing we’ve had this May, both locally and on the Missouri. Three pushes of runoff sent us over the Pass to the Mo’s dry-fly-eating trout, and three steep drops in flow produced some downright amazing (and solitary) Missoula fishing. Being able to analyze the fluctuations in flow and capitalize on them, regardless of risk, is what sets the cagey veteran apart from the standard issue guide. We and our clients felt fortunate to employ many of the former this spring.
If you’re coming out in the next week or two, expect a level of good fortune as well. The past week has offered some solid dry fly fishing with big bugs, and the salmonflies (outside of Rock Creek, where they’re already booming) seem to be a couple of hot days from busting loose on the Blackfoot.
If you know where to go and how to fish the early stage of the hatch, some stellar days can happen before the big bugs invade Instagram.
Have fun, and stay safe out there — even though the water’s been dropping, it’s still big and cold.