Big Dry Fly Season is Here!

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Big Dry Fly Season

If you like throwing big single dry flies then the time is now!  All the Missoula area rivers are dropping and clearing from run off and the big stoneflies are hatching.  Over the next couple of weeks we will have more biomass in insects hatching than the rest of the season combined.  Not only are Salmonflies and Golden stones coming off, but PMDs, Green Drakes, Caddis, and Yellow Sallies are also hatching on all the area streams.  It makes for some of the best dry fly fishing of the year, but with so many bugs it can also be frustrating some days.

Gorged Trout

If you’ve never fished a big stonefly hatch you may be surprised to hear that there are days with big bugs all over the water and hardly a trout eating them.  The reality of stonefly season is that the fishing runs in cycles.  There may be thousands of Salmonflies on the water, but it only takes a handful of those giant bugs to fill a trout up.  The fish eat hard, but eventually they are gorged and take a day or two off before feeding again.  It’s gut wrenching to be on the river with Salmonflies and golden stones fluttering everywhere on the water and absolutely no rises.  Most days we will float out of that gorged section of trout and back into some feeders again, but other days it can be tough from start to finish.  There’s not much to do.  Streamers and nymphs might help a little, but gorged trout just aren’t going to eat much.

Network to Success

Just like in the business world, networking can pay big dividends during big dry fly season.  There are a lot of options around Missoula and while the trout may be gorged on the Blackfoot, they may be eating dries like crazy on Rock Creek.  The more sources you contact then the better idea you will have of the big picture.  The key to great dry fly fishing this time of year is being in the right place at the right time.  Just a day or two can be the difference between awesome dry fly eats most of the day or staring at your fly as dozens of naturals float downstream untouched.  Regardless of how it plays out this is still one of the finest times of year to be on the water in Montana!

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