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Bitterroot River - Blackfoot River - Clark Fork River - Rock Creek - Missouri River - Fly Fishing Reports

March 18

The Skwala hatch is happening on the Bitterroot.  It’s still the early stages of the hatch but we have seen good action from Darby all the way to Florence.  Nymphing is still your best bet early in the day.  Once it warms up some a dry/dropper rig can be effective and you can even have success fishing a single skwala dry in the right situations.  The streamer game is always an option.  It won’t produce big numbers of fish but it will move bigger specimens.  The fishing should only improve throughout the month.  Folks are always excited about the Skwala hatch so you likely won’t be alone out there.  Try to be courteous to your fellow anglers and floaters.

Fly Fishing Guide - Bitterroot River Reports

Bitterroot River Near Darby – Fly Fishing Guide

Bitterroot River Flow/Levels

Current Weather Darby, MT

Bitterroot River Near Missoula – Fly Fishing Guide

Bitterroot River Flow/Levels

Current Missoula Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Blackfoot River at Bonner

Blackfoot River at Bonner – Fly Fishing Guide

March 18

The Blackfoot has a ways to go before it becomes a reliable option.  Many of the access points are still tough to get to due to the snow.  There are runs where the trout will really stack up and for the die-hards or those looking to avoid the crowds the Blackfoot is an option.

Blackfoot River Flow/Levels

Current Bonner Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Clark Fork River Above Missoula

Clark Fork River at Turah – Fly Fishing Guide

March 18

Fishing the side channels around Kelly Island offer some of the quickest and easiest access around Missoula to shake off cabin fever.  It is a solid option for nymphing and streamer fishing, and one of your best chances to find rising fish anytime the temps near 40.  The headwaters around Warm Springs are another good choice in these winter conditions.  This river is starting to come on as a float option although it will still be mostly a nymphing game for a couple more weeks.

Clark Fork River Flow/Levels

Current Turah Weather

Clark Fork River at St Regis – Fly Fishing Guide

Clark Fork River Flow/Levels

Current St Regis Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Rock Creek River Report

Rock Creek – Fly Fishing Guide

March 18

Rock Creek is always one of our top options for winter and early spring fishing.  The nymphing here is consistent in all but the coldest weather and slowly fished streamers produce as well.  The lower 13 miles of Rock Creek road is plowed and passable all winter along with the upper portion near Ghilles bridge.  The middle section of the road can be treacherous still.

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

March 18

The Missouri is starting to warm up a little as well.  You definitely want to watch the weather if you’re planning a trip to the Mo this time of year.  It can be beautiful or miserable depending on the forecast.  Slow swung leech and streamer patterns have been very effective lately.  Of course, nymphing is always a good option too.  Look to slower water and make sure at least one of your nymphs is of the pink variety.  On calm, warmer days you will find trout looking up for midges too.

Missouri River Flow/Levels

Current Wolf Creek Weather

Another Day on the River, by Tony Reinhardt

…I was back out with Brian and Bridger the trout dog, and we were also joined by Brian’s friend Bruce.  The weather was a little dicey with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast so we chose to stay close to home on the Bitterroot around Hamilton.  That choice was fine with me after the fishing yesterday and I was looking for another all day dry fly affair.

We started with double dries and it didn’t take long for Bruce to connect with the first fish of the day.  The action was fairly steady in the morning with mostly smaller and medium sized cutts and cuttbows coming to the dry.  There weren’t many bugs around early so I was hoping a hatch would get the fish fired up.

We pulled up into a side channel to look for some fish and with no rises Bruce ended up sticking a few on a dropper.  We took a break for lunch there and while we were eating a few PMDs started coming off and some heads showed.

Brian set off on foot with the dry fly rod and fooled a few in short order including the biggest fish of the day.  It was a big cutt in the 18-20″ range but it ended up foul hooked on the double dry rig and I forced the issue a little to get the trout in quickly and it broke off.  After getting back to the main river I still wasn’t seeing the number of bugs I wanted so I switched the guys over to a dry/dropper rig.

That’s one of the surest things to get the fish up and rising, and not five minutes after that a fish ate Bruce’s dry and the Green Drakes started coming off.  It was back to the dry fly rig for us and the fellas started raising more fish.  It was busy in the afternoon and our average size got a little better too.

A couple of browns came to the net, but it was still mainly cutthroat and bows with most from 12-15″ and a nice 17″ cuttbow that Brian landed toward the end of the float.  We had a couple of storms around us mid-day, but nothing too terrible and for the most part it was pleasant weather.  Another great day on the Bitterroot with a couple of good guys and the best boat dog around,.

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