The Winter That Just Won’t Die

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Another 6″ of fresh snow overnight and it is still coming down as it seems winter will never end here in Missoula.  March has certainly come in like a lion this year and we can only hope that it goes out like a lamb.  This latest storm will certainly push the area over 100% for snow pack.  With a couple more wet months ahead of us all signs point to a great water year in 2017.  You can see for yourself right HERE.

In the meantime Missoula fly fishing guides are starting to get restless.  Yes, there are a few fish to be caught right now in these winter conditions, but the hatch isn’t making much progress forward.  We are holding onto the hope that next week’s forecast is correct.

If the forecast holds true, we should see daytime highs in the mid to upper 40’s and lows at or above freezing.  That’s a good recipe to get those Skwala nymphs migrating into the shallows, and next week could be the break we’ve been looking for.  I don’t expect dry fly pandemonium although it should get some trout looking toward the surface in the right spots.

For the moment we will continue to tie flies and drink beer to keep us sane.  Fingers are crossed that the weather forecast is more accurate than normal.