We finally fished the Clark Fork River yesterday. The fly fishing was good enough but the trout could have cared less about the dry fly. It just isn't ready for great dry fly fishing. Best flies: s.j. Worm and an olive bugger jig-twitched below an indicator. Yep, an indicator. We caught a few on the dry but it was like pulling teeth. Blue-wings were out and there were a few fish on 'em.
I guided the bitterroot river today. After the last day of insano weather I didn't think it would be as good as it was. We had a few dozen to the boat all on dries. We had to find the right h20 but when we did it worked. It is unusual for the fishing to be this good post cold snap. Yeehaw. If you fish the Bitterroot plan to put on late and just stick with the dry. Don't be a loser and nymph. Seriously, it's skwala time. I can't believe how many pilgrims I see with pink balls tied on their leaders. There is a time and a place. Late March on the bitterroot ain't it. www.flyfishmissoula.com