Spring Fishing Rolls On in Missoula

  by    0   0

The spring fishing season in Missoula has been one of the most consistent in recent years and there’s nothing on the horizon to indicate any change.  Day to day the conditions have been good to great depending on the weather and stretch of river.  This time of year we can be plagued by rapidly changing river levels, but this season we experienced a big bump early in March and since then it has been stable to dropping water so far this spring.

Trout get grumpy when river levels rise.  They like stable or dropping water so we have had plenty of happy trout this spring fishing season.  At some point we will start to get bumps in flow that will signal the main run-off is one the way, but those bumps don’t look like they will happen for at least another week.

The big news this week is the arrival of the mayflies.  Little blue-wing olives, march browns, and grey drakes started to make an appearance this week.  They were a little behind schedule this spring, but more than made up for it with blanket hatches a couple days this week.  The mayflies add another fly choice to your trout catching puzzle.  The days of being able to fish a Skwala from start to finish are probably behind us for the season.  The bright side is that the mayflies get a lot more fish looking up and your chance of finding pods of rising fish increases too.

The debut of the mayflies is also a signal that more fishing options are starting to open up.  The Clark Fork has produced some decent fishing recently, although now that the blue-wings and grey drakes are here this river will start to provide some of the best dry fly fishing of the season.  The march brown hatch on Rock Creek is one of the best hatches of the year on the creek and a highlight of the spring fishing season.  

The Missoula fishing season continues to roll on and it looks to be a smooth ride into the near future!


Related Posts

Summer Fishing Season in Missoula

image of summer fishing seasonSummer fishing season has finally arrived in Missoula!  A big snow year combined with a cool and wet spring resulted in high water all through May and June.  There were some great moments, but we did not see consistent dry fly fishing like we always hope for in June.   That has changed.  All the […]

READ MORE →

Hero or Zero Season

image of hero or zeroHero or zero season has finally arrived in western Montana.  At least that’s how I like to think about this time period when the rivers are finally dropping, but there are still a lot of questions about the fishing.  In the next 10 days or so I am fairly certain that I will see some […]

READ MORE →

May on the Missouri River

image of may on the Missouri RiverMay on the Missouri River is always one of our favorite times of the season.  MTO is over on the mighty Missouri dodging run off in Missoula and enjoying the finest tailwater fishing in the state.  We really like early May on the Missouri because the river is typically low, the tributaries are clear, and […]

READ MORE →

Missoula Spring Fishing – Highs and Lows

image of Missoula spring fishingMissoula spring fishing is some of the very best of the season.  Single dry fly fishing with big foam bugs is hard to beat, but it can also be tough fishing when the conditions do not cooperate.  There are highs and lows to every spring fishing season around Missoula and it’s a mere matter of […]

READ MORE →

Skwala Hatch – All Hype or Real Deal

image of skwala hatchThe Skwala hatch has become one of the most celebrated events in western Montana in recent years.  A quick look through social media channels on any March day will reveal fly shops, fishing guides, lodges, and every millennial with a set of waders boasting about the now famous skwala hatch.   Is the hype just […]

READ MORE →

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top