Spring Fishing through the Coronavirus
Who knew that our collective lives would be turned upside down by this coronavirus pandemic? The only thing that I know for sure at this point is that the fish are unaffected and are quite healthy. A day on the water beats the grind of socially isolating at home. As of now, we are keeping the shop open. Our typical daily traffic at this time of year is so light that customers seldom overlap in the shop. Should things get busier, we will post a sign asking that only a maximum of four customers can come inside at the same time. We are taking every precaution, including disenfecting surfaces at the counter between customers. We also politely ask that should you enter the shop and other anglers are present please try to keep the recommended distance of six feet in mind. Should you want to forgo entering the shop altogether, please call ahead and we can ready whatever items that you might need.
The Beaverhead River is fishing quite well. The Pipe Organ to Grasshopper section is still a little skinny to float in a hard boat, but some people are doing it. The fish are locked in on baetis patterns most days, particularly in the afternoons. We are finding that zebra midges, Eddie Vedder sowbugs, and worms are the ticket when they aren't on the baetis. It is not predictable, but on certain days, some fish are eating small bwo dry patterns. As always, streamers fished low and slow will catch fish as well.
Clark Canyon Reservoir is entering a period of time where the hardwater fishing is sketchy due to water and thin ice around the edges, yet not nearly enough open water to fish from the bank. As always, we'll try to keep you updated as ice off conditions get closer.
The Big Hole River is showing signs of life and should be fantastic by the middle of April. Watch the USGS site, we have a link on this site, as flows will be somewhat volatile as warming temperatures and low elevation snow have an impact. Once the water stabilizes before runoff, it can be some of the best fishing of the entire year in SW Montana.
Please stay safe and follow the guidelines set forth by our local and national health agencies. That being said, go fishing, it is a great escape in these troubled times.