The hoot owl restrictions on the Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers are lifted as of now. Does this mean you will find pods of risers in the blazing afternoon sun, probably not. Still better to fish early.
Here is another huge threat to our lifestyle and heritage in Montana. Trapping, Then Hunting, Then Fishing is there stated agenda. If you are into taking public land and resources from the public, better find another guy to fish with while you still can.
Spruce moths and Terrestrials leading the charge. Hoot owl closure and rolling off by 2:00.
The bump in flows last week were something. Not very often you see a jump in flows like that in July. The fish are settling back into their groove after the rain. The first few sunny days are never easy after a cool and cloudy stretch, but look for the consistent weather to have them back on the feed. Bugs as always are where you find them. PMDs (and Rustys) and Hoppers leading the charge during the day, with caddis towards evening.
The first few Montana Rivers have gone into hoot owl restrictions to the south and east of us. While we haven’t seen the water temps they are down there we aren’t far behind. The cooler weather in the forecast is a sign of hope, no mater how short lived it may be. Fishing is good, and there are still plenty of bugs to be found out there if you know when and where to look.
The rivers in the Missoula area are big right now, and the Bitterroot specifically is very dramatic. You will find few rivers that alter course and shift as much as this one. If you don’t know, ask somebody. Let’s keep the stupid human stuff in Yellowstone. The big bugs are out and fish are eating them, so go fishing.
I have had a busy spring running all over the country chasing fish. It feels good to be home. Here is a pic from a trip to the Dry Tortugas, dropping in to shoot one on a tower 70 miles offshore. Damn fine vis for the Gulf. Trout pictures soon enough. Picture by Sean Matthews of Salinity Gear, thanks buddy.