Small and flashy is the name of the game if you decide to nymph; Green Machines, $3 dips, purple deaths, worms, shop vacs, black and brown rubber legs and zebra midges are all good bets. It's crucial that your bugs are getting down fast on the upper. If you're not ticking bottom every cast add some weight until you do. Dry fly fishing has been pretty slow with the constant wind. Streamer fishing has been hit or miss the last week or two, but when its on, its been pretty good. Streamer color has been variable lately, but typically black, olive and white are our favorites. In between the lakes will have some deep snow in spots but you can get in easily below the dam. The Sweet spot seems to be the three dollar area with excellent streamer, dry and nymph opprotunities. Just watch that weather, wind can be the kiss of death for the dry fly fishing up this way.
Dries| Renegades: 14-18, Griffith’s Gnat: 16-18-20, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Matt’s Midge: 20-22-24
Nymphs| Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Lil' Spanker Gold Purple or Red: 16-18, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Nymphicator: 16-18, Green Machine PT: 18-20, King Prince:12-16, Coppertone: 6-8, Pat's Rubberlegs: 6-8-10, Copper John Black and Blue: 16-18-20, Green Machine: 16-18-20, Crystal dip: 16-18 Three Dollar Dip:16, Worms: 12-16, Rainbow Warrior; 16-18, Split Case BWO; 18-20,
Streamers| Smoke N Mirrors Cream #4, Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4, Complex Twist Bugger White Size #4, Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers White, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8, 2 Dolly Llama white, 8 Baby Gonga white
Click to enlarge
Enter your number below to receive new, up-to-date river reports from Montana Troutfitters.