Low level snowpack meets rain.  That means rivers swell and guides have to make some touchy calls on where to fish. The next four days are going to a bit rowdy on the Clark Fork and Bitterroot. The occasional migration to the Missouri is on the Missoula fly fishing menu now.

It has been a wet and cold Spring so far. We did get some tolerable weather in Missoula Montana yesterday.  I like a pleasant sunny day as much as the next fly fishing guide, but big browns do love the dark skies.  The weather is sometimes your friend and sometimes the punisher. We fish it Read More »

Another balmy day in Montana fly fishing for some big brown trout. I’m not sure it was worth it. You can’t have adventures sitting in an office staring at screen. But you might get cold, be careful.

The last four days fly fishing Missoula Montana had lots of fish more moving parts. The Bitterroot came up, but before the water moved the catching was quite good. The rising water pushed us over to the Missouri for some great nymphing and a little bit of tiny dry fly fishing. Spring is a puzzle, Read More »

I took a quick afternoon float on St. Patrick’s day to check out the Lower Clark Fork. The water was dirty, the midges covered the water, and all my fish ate underneath. I also introduced my 5 year old daughter to the wooly bugger fly yesterday.  Life is excellent in Montana during the Missoula fly Read More »

A sunny day in Western Montana brought us out of the dark winter for a float on the Bitterroot river.  The Skwala hatch is in its trickle phase, but we did see some adult skwalas on the water and some nymphs in the shallows.  We are going to need a run of warm weather to Read More »

Back From California – Friends and A New One

The road trips have ended with a nice stop in California last week.  It’s now time to get the fly boxes ready for the upcoming Spring swing into skwalas starting in March.  I have a few holes to fill in my fly inventory, but I am pretty much ready to rock and roll the 2018 Read More »

Adventures from the Road – Onto California Fly Fishing Show

I am a fly fishing guide in Missoula Montana and only an occasional traveling salesman. Life on the road still beats me up.  I can handle all the hot summer days pulling hard on the oars, but airplanes and icey interstate road trips leave me worn.  The above picture was from the trip to the Read More »

Off to Seattle and a New Bitterroot River Permit

No summer isn’t here yet. I wish I was wading the Lower Clark on a warm summer’s evening picking off sippers as the sun fades into the late night caddis blitz.  It’s still winter here and the Trade Show swing is in full effect.  I am headed to Seattle this weekend to the Lynwood Fly Read More »

Missoula Skwala Stonefly Hatch Thoughts

We have gotten a bunch of warm weather in Missoula lately. It is raining in the valleys and snowing up top.  The edges of our rivers are starting to clear and while Skwala stoneflies are far from imminent there has been some freestone nymphing opportunities that are emerging. This is the time when we start Read More »