Flathead River Fishing Report 3-21-18
As the daily temperatures slowly starts to rise in the Flathead valley, so does the upper river’s trout populations. We are starting to see a few more fish in winter holding water every time we hit the river. There have been small bumps in the amount of water in both the middle and north forks over the past week and there is also a good amount of water flowing out of the Hungry Horse Reservoir. This seems to be sending fish from the lower stretches of the drainage up into the higher stretches of the main stem of the Flathead River as well as the forks. Nymph fishing seems to still be the most effective method to “get em”. Worms of all colors, bigger stonefly nymphs with rubber legs, and purple copper johns have all been eaten by trout this week. We have seen some nice fish come up and smack bobbers but I haven’t heard of many fish eating the dry yet.
Snow pack is still pretty substantial throughout the area and I suspect we are not quite out of winter weather yet. Temperatures are going to be in the mid 40’s consistently throughout the week with rain in the valley and in and snow in the high country and parts of Glacier National Park. As much as we are ready for winter to be over, every inch of snow we get staves off fire season a little longer in late summer. If last year was any indicator, a large winter snow pack does not always translate into a minimal fire season. So, here at Wild Montana Anglers we will welcome the added moisture, try to find a few more fish, and tie up some more dirt snakes (worms)! Remember, treat them well and keep em wet, you will be a lot happier in the long run!