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April 4th, 2014

Yes, it’s here…believe it or not this is spring in Montana. A.k.a. layer season…there’s no such thing as bad weather just bad clothes. If you don’t own any Gore-Tex you’re not doing it right. This is also the time you’ll find some of the best fishing of the year if you’re either lucky and tough enough to live here or smart enough to come out and fish right now. It’s not necessarily a gimme…you’ve still got to hit it right. In all likelihood there will be many more seriously cold, wet, nasty days before we really get down to business. The short-term forecast looks fairly promising at this point. Highs in the high 40s with at least a small chance of precip every day. Sounds like baetis weather to me.

Fishing over the past couple weeks has been….really…nothing short of phenomenal. We started jumping into the river off the ice shelves several weeks ago and started dumping boats off them maybe 10 days ago now. Both options have been well worth the effort. Up to this point it’s been a nymphing game. Eggs, worms, red midges, girdle Bugs, small flashy things…pretty much anything even remotely in the ballpark of looking like food. Even fishing out of the boat has been paying off. This time of year if that’s working you know the fishing is something special. Usually you need to stop and work your spots.

The ramps, with the exception of town, are open for business. You’ll need to pull at Valley Garden if you want to fish the 8-Mile down stretch. The Ennis access is still a good ways out form being usable…as is always the case.

The lake has opened up as well. Still a good but of ice out there but you can get a boat in at Clutes. The fish have been hungry here too. Lots of guys pushing the envelope a bit and getting up into flowing water at the mouth. You’ll want to watch yourselves here. The vantage point to watch folks doing this is clear and open. There’s no hiding out there. If you get a ticket for fishing in the closed river you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

The lower will see baetis any day now as well. Maybe tomorrow. The hatch down here can be amazing. Its surely worth a look the next calm, overcast day we have.

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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