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Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Showers

Coach Dixon strikes again!
It's been a great month of angling here in the Bitterroot-Clark Fork valley, even with a week of high water.  After our last little push of low altitude snow melt, the weather has returned to the cool, spring conditions we need, with snow falling again in the mountains.  The bugs are still out, and dry fly opportunities remain, but the next two days look to be pretty chilly, with highs near 40.  The mountains picked up a foot of fluff over the weekend and water levels continue to drop.  Until our next real warm up, it should be smooth sailing as far as water levels go.

Until Wednesday, the dry fly activity will probably slow down a bit, although I wouldn't be surprised if BWOs are still out.  The fish just might not care as much.  The skwalas are still there, though, and it is possible to bring up the big boys in the bad weather.  Jason recently picked up the sweet 20"+ brown below, and I've had three encounters with monsters in the past week.  Unfortunately for me, those encounters ended in defeat, but hey, what can you do?  That's why they call it fishing.  Looks like things will start to warm back up Wednesday, so I'll be getting back on the horse.

If you get a chance, check out my story on the Clark Fork in this month's online issue of Montana Fly Fishing Magazine .  The river from Turah to Town opens on May 1st and I hope to be one of the first "legal" boats through.  Also, I'll be floating the Smith again this spring, so I'll have some more pictures and a story for you in a few weeks.  Cheers, y'all and go fishing if you can.

JB's Big Brownie
Supply ditch diversion.  A wise drag around at these flows, but if you want to run it, I would empty the boat first.

Matt Saliga with a nice cutty that smacked a streamer on a sunny morning.