Weekend Warriors: Memorial Monday

This Blackfoot native is ready to strap the fall feed bag on. A black and tan streamer turned his head in the main channel of this lower river run.
This Blackfoot native is ready to strap the fall feed bag on. A black and tan streamer turned his head in the main channel of this lower river run.

Maybe the title ain’t all that, but an extra fishing report for the long weekend is always welcome. The Bitterroot and lower Clark Fork is fishing well and fared better for the fishing than the Blackfoot or upper Clark in the storms, with a hopper still taking big browns, and podded up rainbows feeding on the small stuff. If you’re headed out today, my recommendation for floating would be west of Missoula on the lower Clark, and if you can manage getting out in the evening, the temps should move the fish after a chilly morning.The cold and rain were accompanied by a brisk wind yesterday for those who braved the Blackfoot, but the rewards were there for the streamer game, with yellow and black being the colors of choice for fish from small to large. Fish are on the take with the streamer, but the dry fly got action as well in between storms in the morning. A well drifted fly will get respect, and fluffy attractor patterns found fish. If you are wade fishing, head for the lower Blackfoot and rip a streamer. The weather is right for it and covering a lot of ground with a streamer will keep you warm in the morning and finding fish throughout the day. The smart anglers that hit the Blackfoot in the evening had milder temps, good hatches and less wind to contend with and were into fish on the dry. A skated caddis got hits, though the real winners are still the smaller mayfly emergers ran as a trailer. No matter where you are fishing, changing tactics when the fishing is off will help you find willing takers.

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