Midge clusters and pupas were hot on the Missouri in Scott Anderson’s Fishing Report
By Scott Anderson

Posted: March 13, 2012

Montana Fishing Company was out on the water this weekend across the state of Montana. We started our trip out of Thompson Falls, Montana, fishing the Thompson River. Not much action on the Thompson River most likely due to the bright sun.

I was on the Bitterroot River on Friday. Yet another slow morning, but things did pick up in the afternoon with streamers. No huge fish to speak of, but we did have a great time. Other reports from area guides and outfitters were much the same.

On Saturday, we drove to the Missouri and had a pretty good day. The morning was not hot, but as the day went along we did better and better. We stopped on a pod of rising fish and caught one after another. Nothing big, maybe the largest was around 18 inches in length. Midges clusters and midge pupas were the ticket.

Zac Sexton, one of our guides, tied a light orange pink soft hackle nymph size 12 that did very well.

As the sun started to set, we switched to streamers and the big fish started to feed. We still had nothing over 20 inches, but I had a lot of tugs and a few big fish broke my 0X leader like it was nothing.

That evening we meandered over to Headhunters Fly Shop in Craig, Montana. Mark, John and there staff treated the guides to BBQ and FREE BEER. Thanks Headhunters for your hospitality!

Sunday would be summed up with one word, WIND! I did see lots of spawning beds on the Missouri. I would suggest giving it a week or two before you head that way to fly fish.


Montana Fishing Company Is offering discounted spring fly fishing trips on the Bitterroot River.

You can book on line at www.montanafishingcompany.com or call Scott Anderson at (406) 210-0971

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