Fishing on the Missouri is a bit better than it was a week ago. Hopper patterns are starting to work–a good combo would be a hopper dropper rig.
Weeds are still a problem-but fisherman are picking spots between clumps of weeds or fishing parts of the middle of the river that don’t have many weeds.
In western Montana,the Blackfoot has been getting a lot of pressure-but early morning to early afternoon is still producing some average-size fish for the Blackfoot. Pink hopper patterns, Bugmeisters, tan hoppers, and Goddard’s caddis are producing.
Georgetown lake is a hit or miss according to some fly fishers I talked to. Damsel fly activity is still good in some areas from about noon until 4 pm.
Middle part of the Bitterroot is very low and fish are easily spooked – but I have heard some very good reports.
Anyway, remember that fishing on the Clark Fork and Bitterroot still require you to be done fishing by 2 pm.
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(Fly fishing report by the Mountain Man; Cover photo: gowhitedog.com)