Sunday, June 8, 2014

Early Season Prime-Time: Blown Out is Only a State of Mind

Bitterroot still bank high with run-off.
Fishing accesses closed due to flooding. 
"Blown Out" fishing reports. . . . .

You wouldn't know any of that from the fishing.

Getting the new boat out for some scouting floats was a major priority this week, but scouting has quickly been replaced by hunting for big Browns and Cutties. Alex and I playing fishing baseball down the river this week kicked out these solid fish just gorging under the surface. Heavy stoneflies are the obvious favorites for these fish with Salmonfly and Goldenstone hatches fast approaching. This is the season where you know you have a bite when the indicator goes flying up stream with a heavy Cutt. Streamer hits are equally vicious, if they catch you napping that rod might go flying.

The Bitterroot is dropping FAST and coming into prime early season shape from Conner all the way to Hamilton. Dry flies are starting to become a major mid-day option, but it is hard to put away the nymph rigs when the fishing is this good. Guide trips starting next week with long-time clients has us all stoked for an excellent kick-off to the season. Odds are it will involve some big heavy flies and some equally heavy fish to go with.

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