August 20th – Rustic Hut Florence Montana, A Musical Event

Quick Missoula Fly Fishing Report – Tricos are in across the board and the hopper fishing is solid in the right spots.  I have seen a few Fall green drakes but I haven’t taken a fish on one.  Water temps look to have peaked last week so the compressed feed early in the morning has Read More »

Lets get the legal stuff out of the way first.  The Upper Clark Fork has a hoot owl restriction from Rock Creek upstream to Warm Springs.  The Bitterroot River from Hamilton to Missoula has a hoot owl restriction.  The Blackfoot, Lower Clark Fork, Rock Creek, Upper Bitterroot, and West Fork have no restrictions.  A Hoot Owl Read More »

Patrick K Godown – Montana Fly Fishing Event August 20th

Blogs have been rough all season. Sorry again.  I periodically come up for air. This morning is one with a breath and break. Losing super guides Patch and Brooks has been rough sledding at fishing and personal levels.  Brooks is getting better and we are hoping he will be back in some fly fishing guide Read More »

My last day off was June 2nd.  Today is my first. I am sitting here this morning in a sleeping house as the sun’s coming up processing what just happened.  This is my 17th season of being a fishing outfitter. We have river scars from the stories that can only be earned by time on Read More »

Salmonfly, Trash, Walks, and Delays

This is a salmon fly.  Right now they are hatching and flying on Rock Creek. Right Now. When that happens and the flows are under 1500 cfs I am a very good guide providing numerous dry fly opportunities.  I was a very good guide yesterday.  The summer Missoula dry fly season is here. Now onto Read More »

Lodge Chef Carrie Nowlen Featured in “The Great American Cookbook”

    Fishing for a fee is remarkably similar to cooking for paying guests. When fly fishing guides fish on their day off there is no pressure and we expend a low amount of effort. It is more about hanging out with friends, catching a few fish, and experimenting with new fly fishing techniques.  Laying Read More »

Fishing the Edge of It and Drinking Wine

I was supposed to put a blog together last week and update the fly fishing reports on what is happening in Missoula Montana. Instead I travelled with my beautiful wife of 17 years to Washington wine country and drank wine during the day while smiling in the sun.  If you are happily married you will Read More »

The Quick, the Dirty, and the Birdy

  Runoff is here and all but the sneakiest water is experiencing elevated flows and extremely poor fly fishing conditions. This is normal for a few weeks in May and the Missouri river becomes home for us until we come back into shape. Snowpack is a bit above the historical average so you would expect Read More »

Moon Walking to Run Off – Missoula Fly Fishing

I was break dancing at the Bell Crossing access on the Bitterroot two days ago.  Instead of waders I was testing the seam on some 80’s parachute pants and a red leather jacket.  I have honed my moon walking skills to the point that I may break them out at my band’s gig this Saturday Read More »

Michael Jackson Bitterroot River Time Warp

So far it had been a scratch and claw Spring. Flows and weather had been disjointed in the wrong way.  We have had decent to good fishing, but I hadn’t seen exceptional.  There was definitely a few sucko days in there too when the big flows married up with poor water temps.  That was until Read More »