Fish Looking Up: Late March Dry Fly Action

Though the big Blackfoot has yet to come into consistent fishing shape, elsewhere in western Montana things are looking up – and so are the fish! Happy anglers on the Clark Fork are seeing skwala action, Rock Creek’s March Brown mayfly hatch is beginning, and the Bitterroot is a whole other ballgame. Skwalas and baetis, little bugs, big bugs, eats on everything from streamers to fat chunks of floating foam. With some steady temps this week the rivers around Missoula should produce some great fishing options. Sure, the influx of 400 or so trout nuts for the annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous could put more boats on the water, but this time of year that isn’t a bad thing. Plenty of room for all, and with the Blackfoot on the drop those willing to gamble can take a shot at some open water. Get out there, get into some fish and be ready for a fun week if you are in the area, and don’t forget the Orvis “Down the Hatch” festival this weekend- boats full of beer and more fish stories than Charlie B’s can handle.

The Bitterroot has been producing lots of great fish this week. Don’t let this trout bum catch them all!
Court Hadden with a nice skwala-eating native cutty.
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