We’ve had some crazy weather in the past month. Lots of snow, then lots of sun, then lots of rain, with flooding of highways and little creeks and all that kind of stuff that has people wondering: will there be any water this summer? How are our rivers doing? This is always the talk this time of year amongst anglers, and in recent years the worries have been warranted. Two seasons of low water have us all on the edge for this year. Will this year finally be the one that leaves the chines intact on the drift boat? Probably not. But right now, it’s a little early to tell. According to the numbers, things are looking decent. But it’s all up to these last months of winter, and how spring treats us. It’s a glass half-empty/half-full scenario. Positive outlooks say we’ll make it, Realists say we won’t. Keep an eye on the snow numbers for the remainder of February, and lets keep our fingers crossed.
Weather records are being broken here in western Montana, and the trend isn’t anything we hope for to sustain a long and healthy fishing season. Hot temps, low precipitation, long periods of no rain, and low stream flows are all setting up one crazy summer. You can read more about the current weather trends here in an article by Martin Kidston for the Missoulian. With the weather the way it’s going, its time to get out on the river now while you still can find great fishing. You’ve got to make hay while the sun shines, as they say. The weather predicted this week and beyond is only getting hotter, so we’ll see what that means for fishing but currently things are great on all of our rivers, so make some time to get out there and visit with the fish, and wave your magic rain-making rod at the sky for us.
|Rivers may be lower than usual for this time of year, but the bugs are out and fish are willing.
The lower Clark Fork river just before sunset.