Missoula Montana Fly Fishing – Ice, Ice, Baby!

From our perspective, 2014 was a great year for fly fishing in Montana. We had strong flows and beautiful hatches that carried us through. So far, the snowpack in our most important drainages appear to be well above normal. I really don’t think we’ll have any water issues in 2015. That’s good. It’s gonna be a great year, again! If you haven’t booked your spring dates, you’d better get on it! Our early booking specials end this month.   There has been a little fishing on the Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers, but it is day by day, and it’s really cold. If you can find a day without flowing slush-ice, you might do well with small princes, Zebra midge/blood midge #18, S.J. worm #12/14.    The Missouri would be a good play right now, too. Fish anything pink; amex, czech, scud in #14/16/18. Look to the slack water.  Mess around with rig length, current speed, etc. It’s the Mo’. It ain’t rocket science.    Rock Creek is pretty locked up, but given some warmer weather it’ll get going. The pink or red worm is the ticket. Fish a shorter rig in deep slow stuff.  In another month look toward the skwala nymph patterns to get the job done. For current Rock Creek conditions talk to Deb at Trout Bums-406-825-6146. She’ll have the low-down on road conditions, flies to use and asst. fishing info. www.flyfishmissoula.com