Some folks think you can bring too much gear? We don’t subscribe to that theory…
Unlike most anglers, many of our guides revel in swollen rivers. Not high and muddy but bank full and green. In fact I would argue that the biggest trout in a river are more accessible in high water situations than they are in low clear conditions. This is counter intuitive to be sure, Common sense says that the lower the water – the more confined the fish – thus the more easily they are to locate and catch. Reallity is that when a river is low and clear the fish are spread accross the river, anywhere from bank to bank and, they are spooky. Running full, river trout are typically very site specific. In wandering rivers like the Clark Fork or Bitterroot they are congregated in sandbar drop offs and slick deep slow backwater channels. In boulder strewn rivers like the Blackfoot, they find refuge in the soft inside corners and long slow moving banks. In both instances trout will be aggressive and disregard shadows overhead and oars splashing around them. Green water is good!
I am not saying that we won’t catch any more large fish now that the rivers are clearing and dropping. But the days of easy targeting top end fish will continue to get more callenging with each inch of dropping water and visibility. Now is the time when hatches matter more and weather tends to effect catching the top end fish more severly.
Speaking of catching … I need to go pick up my clients and prove this theory wrong! Good luck out there.
This really isn’t a three headed fish, but I had to get your attention, you’ve been down in the dumps lately with this rainy weather. And we’ve all seen the USGS streamflow charts, granted the rivers are receding, but there still pretty high, so why bother fishing, right?
Some spots on the Bitterroot are really good right now. Good enough to pull a triple hook-up on command? Yep. Fish seem to have a thing for the worm. Try the pink or red san juan with a trailer nymph of the prince or copper john variety. Seek out the slower seems and drop offs. Try a side channel or two. Get out there dammit, reading is for nerds!
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After stopping by our Fly Fishing Swap last Saturday, our friends Mark Nanke and Kim Thomas headed out for another day of floating on the Bitterroot (day 15 or something for them this year already!!). Together with a picture of Mark’s first big trout of the year on a dry (spectacular 19″ bow) he forwarded [...]
BRO is pleased to announce that were offering our FREE fly fishing classes again for 2012. With all the news that folks are spending less and less time outside, we feel this is a great way to generate renewed interest in the sport of fly fishing. Whether you’ve never cast a fly rod or maybe ventured out a couple of times in the past few years, the Orvis Fly Fishing classes are geared toward every skill level and it’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon – better than the mall right? Right?
There’s no need to bring anything but a good attitude and lots of patience…..remember – it’s fly fishing!! In the 101 class we’ll focus on rigging and casting – simple basics to get you that much closer to becoming a self sufficient and successful angler. We are hoping to start these classes in May and run them through July. We will post dates as soon as we know them. To find out more, give us a ring or better yet, stop in…….keeps us from working! See ya on the water.