It’s midge season in Western Montana, and the weather has been doing us a favor this last week. Warm sunny days have produced great hatches of midges and there are even a few fish eating them. What does this mean for us around Missoula? Capnia, nemoura, and skwalas are right around the corner. So, even if tiny bugs aren’t your thing, it’s time to dust off that gear and hit the vise..or bang a couple on the nymph rig to get yourself back in the swing.
Well, this warm weather not only means snow is melting fast, but means people are trying to shake off a little cabin fever. Spring fishing isn’t nearly the secret it once was, and every year the crowds come a little earlier it seems. Rivers are dropping a bit for the time being and fishing well. Worms, rubber legs, and streamers will all turn fish this time of year.
Spring is right around the corner and the fact that my grass is turning green proves it. What happened to Winter? If the weather keeps up like this we will not only be a little short on water this year, but the fish should be pretty well hammered before runoff. On the positive side spring fishing is great and the early dry fly bite can produce some real nice fish.