Spring fly-fishing in Montana can be some of the most productive for big fish. All have been semi-dormant during winter and are now hungry and eager to take a well-placed fly whether it be a nymph, wet or dry. Some of the biggest fish of the year are caught in the spring, prior to “run-off”.

The best times of day are between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on most days. On cloudy days that are cool, the prime time shortens and hatch activity may slow down. Your best chances are from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. On bright, warm days the Skwalla stonefly will be the bug of choice. Along with the Skwalla, we have the big Grey Drake (Western March Brown), and the Blue-Winged Olive in the Mayfly category. In addition to these, we can anticipate the American Grannom Caddis will make its April appearance on all the water to round out our fishing menu of trout delights.