I figured we’re still early, and we are, but a mid morning phone call today sure led to some fine dry fly fishing on the home river. Skwala: The Bitterroot’s Big Deal. Which they really are, even if it brings a bit of pressure to our sleepy little river; get out there and throw a line and put your smile on. The rest of the state is still dealing with winter, at least its departure, while the Bitterroot Valley is gorgeous and temperate as ever: snowcapped peaks protecting a low altitude, Pacific sided drainage.
So we slid the boat in around the crack of noon, or even one o’clock, to see if we could find a few fish looking up. Sure enough, our second run drew a fine rainbow to the dry, then the next, and the next, and then they were sipping mayflies…. Pretty impressive to say the least. The true Bitterroot Skwala hatch is still weeks away in my opinion, but the fish certainly know what’s coming. I witnessed Baetis mayflies and midges today, but no mature adult Skwala moving about.
So watch your weather for those good warm days in the near future, there should be some fine fishing to be had out there. The weekend is looking beautiful, so I’d bet there will be plenty of other folks out there chasing the hatch. My advice: take it easy, put in good ‘ol Bitterroot fashion around noonish, and fish the nice likely runs with medium speed and a wee bit of chop. Look for your best fishing from two to four, and savor throwing a dry fly once again!
Our boats are spruced up, lines are greased, waders patched, and the coolers are packed! Contact Jed or Chris if any of you are feeling the itch for a guided Skwala float. We offer discounted rates for the early season, $350, and focus on the midday Skwala and mayfly hatches. Our meet time is noon, earlier if we need to work out some winter kinks in the casting, and we fish until the day is wrapped up, usually around six o’clockish. We’d love to have you out with us once again to start our 2015 Bitterroot fly fishing season; see you on the water. JF #8392