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Fly Fishing Guide – Bitterroot River Fishing Report

Bitterroot River Fishing Report

March 13
The Bitterroot is starting to come to life.  Decent reports from the last week from Darby to Missoula with dry flies, nymphs, and streamers all producing fish.  The Skwala hatch is just starting and there are a few fish up on midges in certain spots.  If you push a single dry fly in the afternoon you will move a few fish.  A dry/dropper combo has been much more consistent as fish are still holding in winter lies and a deep dropper will fool them.  Some nice brown trout have eaten streamers recently too.  The fishing should only improve as the month progresses.  Of course, keep an eye on the weather.  This weekend looks like tough conditions, but once the weather bounces back it will only take a day or two before the fishing picks up again.

Current Bitterroot River Victor Flows/Levels

USGS Water-data graph for site 06025500

Victor Montana Weather

Victor
32°
Mostly Cloudy
07:1320:06 MDT
Feels like: 27°F
Wind: 6mph S
Humidity: 76%
Pressure: 29.99"Hg
UV index: 0
TueWedThuFri
min 26°F
39/18°F
39/22°F
44/28°F

Fly Fishing Guide - Bitterroot River Fishing Reports

Current Bitterroot River Near Missoula Flows/Levels

USGS Water-data graph for site 06025500

Missoula, Montana Weather

Missoula
34°
Cloudy
07:1220:06 MDT
Feels like: 31°F
Wind: 3mph SW
Humidity: 71%
Pressure: 29.99"Hg
UV index: 0
TueWedThuFri
min 28°F
39/16°F
39/23°F
44/25°F

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Fly Fishing Guide – Blackfoot River Fishing Report

Blackfoot River Fishing Report

March 13
The Blackfoot saw a big push of water earlier in the week.  It has dropped and stabilized since, but this is still not your best local option.  Cold water is the biggest challenge this time of year on the Blackfoot.  Fish will be holding in slow water and a deep nymph rig or a slowly moved streamer is your best option if you insist on going

Current Blackfoot River Flows/Levels

USGS Water-data graph for site 06025500

Fly Fishing Guide - Blackfoot River Fishing Reports

Bonner Montana Weather

Bonner-West Riverside
33°
Mostly Cloudy
07:1220:06 MDT
Feels like: 28°F
Wind: 5mph W
Humidity: 69%
Pressure: 29.98"Hg
UV index: 0
TueWedThuFri
min 27°F
38/15°F
39/22°F
44/25°F

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Fly Fishing Guide – Clark Fork River Fishing Report

Clark Fork River Fishing Report

March 13
The Clark Fork saw a big spike in flows earlier this week as well.  It is back on the drop and there have been a few skwala adults on the upper river just above town and through Missoula.  The best chance at dry fly fishing is still to look for pods of fish eating midges in the afternoon but the occasional trout will take a swing at a skwala dry too.  Deeper nymphs and slow streamers will be a little more consistent.  The river will only improve as we move into April.

Current Clark Fork River Flows/Levels

USGS Water-data graph for site 06025500

Fly Fishing Guide - Clark Fork River Fishing Reports

Missoula Montana Weather

Missoula
34°
Cloudy
07:1220:06 MDT
Feels like: 31°F
Wind: 3mph SW
Humidity: 71%
Pressure: 29.99"Hg
UV index: 0
TueWedThuFri
min 28°F
39/16°F
39/23°F
44/25°F

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Fly Fishing Guide – Rock Creek Fishing Report

Rock Creek Fishing Report

March 13
Rock Creek is at good wade fishing levels and has been consistent over the past week.  The lower and upper river are still the best options as the road through the middle remains challenging to get through.  Double nymph rigs are the most effective way to keep your rod bent while swinging streamers often produces fish a little bigger.  The next batch of warm weather should get some dry fly action going in the afternoon.

Current Rock Creek Flows/Levels

USGS Water-data graph for site 06025500

Fly Fishing Guide - Rock Creek Fishing Reports

Clinton Montana Weather

Clinton
33°
Mostly Cloudy
07:1120:05 MDT
Feels like: 28°F
Wind: 6mph WSW
Humidity: 67%
Pressure: 29.98"Hg
UV index: 0
TueWedThuFri
min 26°F
38/13°F
38/20°F
43/25°F

Fly Fish the Mighty Mo – Missouri River

Fly Fishing Guide – Missouri River Fishing Report

Missouri River Fishing Report

March 13
The toughest thing about the Missouri this time of year is the weather.  Some days the conditions can be downright brutal.  The fishing has been consistent, especially on mild days.  The trout are in their classic winter lies and you should focus on slow inside bends for the most part.  Pink is a favorite color this time of year and a double rig nymph with something pink and a small zebra midge will usually do the trick.  Swinging streamers is a decent option and the occasional pod of fish rising to midges can be found.

Current Missouri River at Wolf Creek Flows/Levels

USGS Water-data graph for site 06025500

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Fishing Reports

Wolf Creek Montana Weather

Wolf Creek
20°
Snow
07:0419:58 MDT
Feels like: 9°F
Wind: 10mph NNW
Humidity: 95%
Pressure: 29.97"Hg
UV index: 0
TueWedThuFri
min 14°F
21/3°F
29/11°F
43/23°F

Montana Trout Outfitters – Professional and Experienced

Tony Reinhardt tells us about another day on the river…

…Monday was the last day with Bill and Dan on the Mo and we decided to do a double float today.  We launched at Wolf Creek with no one else around and Bill picked up two nice fish in the first 2 spots and then Dan connected with a good rainbow just below that.  The next pass in that run produced a double for the guys and it seemed a lot like yesterday although the weather was much nicer today.

The fishing has been so good the last few days that a good drift in the right spot is going to get rewarded, and Dan and Bill had bent rods often in the morning.  We had a few more doubles in the early session and some big fish.  Dan had a big female that went 21″ and there were lots of fat rainbows from 18-20″.  We pulled the boat out of the water at Craig after lunch and headed up to the dam in the afternoon.

The guys hooked up twice in the first run and then Bill landed a big bow at the tailout of that run.  Dan added another in the next spot before Bill stuck a 20″ bow and then a big 21″ male in back to back runs.  That was the start of Bill’s hot streak as he picked off several more in the next few spots and then the guys finished up strong with a rainbow and brown trout double and one more double right above the take out.  It was another great day on the Missouri with a couple of anglers I really enjoy sharing the water with.  I look forward to seeing Dan and Bill again next month in Missoula.

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