Monday, February 5, 2018

Missoula Montana Fly Fishing Report- 37 Shades of Gray

Late-winter on the Missouri River

This is the Missoula, Montana fly fishing report for the past week:

Rock Creek- Its the usual lower creek drill right now; worms, p.t., pat's in smaller sizes. Try an over-sized larva lace midge, too. Red and reddish-brown in size 14 can be killer this time of year.  The water looks great, and the word is that there is some fishing to be had.  The road is pretty brutal, so stay down low and be safe. You might find some midging fish. You might not. Look to the big, slow insides for the most cooperative fish.

Clark Fork-Its big and off-color. The best bet is go find a  nicely defined inside and show them a worm, prince, big zebra, pat's.  You get the drift-fish the transition and hook a trout.  In this water color, I'd be relying heavily on the red SJ. Bobber color doesn't seem to matter too much.
Small, slight black and brown buggers fished in the big swirls might get bit.

Bitterroot- It's been on a heavy rise, what with the rain and snowmelt combined. I'd say it's a good place to not go this week. Todays stream flow data looks like it has turned the corner, barely. Wait a few more days.

Missouri River- The flows are great for some early fishing. Pink amex in 14,16, 18, rainbow czech in 14,16, zebra in 18. %-6.5' rig in the slow stuff will get it done.  Also try slender, small olive bugger. They do like the thin-mint this time of year, too.  A zebra dropper 2 feet under a dry will work on the margins. 

   As for me, I'm getting my WYR Montana 406 Trout PBR oufit dry-cleaned so that I may make a proper appearance at the masturbatory fly fishing film tour. It's sure to be a great time, much like my last trip to the proctologist. Flat-brims unite!

Ooooh, so wintery.

Well, we've been waiting and wiring and waiting for this weather to break. It snowed again last night and it all seems so endless.
Here's a snowpack update: WOW! Snowpack S/W equivalency

and here are streamflows:


So, the best we can hope for is a quick, warm early-March spring and blow all of this low-level snow out. That, or we face another crappity-crap skwala event like last spring.

If I wanted to fish this week, I would go to upper Rock Creek, Warm Springs or the Missouri. I would bet that the same flies that you would use in January will work in February, and March.