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Fishing during the Covid-19 Shutdown

The shop is mandated to stay closed until at least April 24th.  Needless to say, that leaves plenty of time for fishing.  The beautiful weather of this past week gave me an opportunity to wet a line on most of our area fisheries.  This is what I found.

The Beaverhead River from Pipe Organ downstream continues to provide some steady fishing.  Zebra midges and various baetis nymphs seem to provide the most consistency while some fish will eat small sowbug and worm patterns.  If you can catch a window in the afternoon with some cloud cover, you'll find a few fish eating dries.  

The Big Hole River saw rising flows with the warm weather but provided some great skwalla dry fly fishing at times on the lower river.  A brief return to winter this weekend should be followed by a continuation of good fishing later in the week.  

Clark Canyon Reservoir is opening up in places.  The warm sunny days last week provided some good fishing along the rocky banks.  Various jigs, prince nymphs, and chironomid patterns all caught fish. 

The logistics of float fishing have become more complicated with the closure of shuttle services.  As soon as the governor allows us to open, we'll provide shutlles with some extra precautions. Judging by all of the folks that I see out there, fishing remains one of the best ways get rid of the shack nasties.  You can either email us, or leave a message at, 406-683-5276, to arrange a pick up order of any flies or equipment that you might need. Stay safe and enjoy the great fishing that Southwestern Montana has to offer during these troubling times.