Rising Waters

With a sudden burst of sunshine and warm winds, the Bitterroot river turned it up a notch yesterday and morning rains today means it shows little signs of stopping. It’s time to say goodbye to this year’s early olive stonefly hatch and switch gears to runoff techniques. Spring in western Montana means rivers going up and down overnight, depending on the overnight air temperatures and the amount of snowmelt coming down the creeks during hot sunny days, and fishing can require some modified tactics. Streamers, deep nymph rigs and flashy versions of the worm are going to get it done, but that doesn’t mean its time to hang the head in shame and give up hope just yet! Before too much nostalgia creeps in for the great early spring fishing, have hope for a steady runoff that sets us in motion for a long, solid fishing season.

Him just a little guy on a big C.
Flows are bumping, and stoneflies are taking refuge anywhere they can.



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