Spring ’13 Wrap-Up

Well, that about does it for our pre-runoff 2013 spring fishing season. It was a great season, and by many accounts, some of the best spring fishing in recent memory. The skwala hatch started early (about march 9th) and ended late (still on the clark fork right now). John Faust, famous Bitterroot Valley guide and fly tyer said this was the longest Skwala hatch he’s seen in 30+ years of guiding the river. We also had great mayfly hatches in late March and April. It was one of those springs where from mid March to early May, you could be successful fishing dries and not having to use an indicator rig, pretty much any day you were on the Bitterroot. This weekend was no different. On friday I waded the Blackfoot, and there was a great amount of Grey Drakes, March Browns, and Caddis out. In usual Blackfoot fashion, the little fish showed up in droves to eat on top, and a brindle chute was all that was needed to have a good time with a bunch of em.

On Saturday I got to fish out of a Jet Boat again with my friend Scotty on the lower Clark Fork. We used the jet to run and gun from spot to spot. The hatches were very localized and only in certain spots. We would find the bugs and the risers, catch some until they got educated, then move on to another pod. It’s a very efficient way to fish bigger water. Unfortunately I was feeling a little lazy with the camera, and didn’t take any pictures, sorry bout that. Sometimes it’s more fun to just fish and forget about blogging…

On Sunday I hiked to the top of Mount Jumbo here in Missoula, to start getting prepared for elk season. It was a good hike up and a great view from the top. This time I brought the camera…IMG_1711

Runoff has unofficially started and most of the water will be blown out by late this week. It was a great spring, but I’m just as excited for summer. Now it’s time to finish strong in school so I can enjoy a great Montana summer fishing season. Can’t wait.

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