Hoot owl in effect as of tomorrow afternoon on the Blackfoot, Bitterroot and Clark Fork. Hot temps in the forecast and not a cloud in sight. Not exactly great trout fishing weather. Spruce Moths, Hoppers, and goofy foam leading the charge these days. Fish early, leave early.
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.