Warmer than normal spring weather in southwestern Montana has brought with it some stellar pre-runoff fishing reports. During these early spring months the fishing can be amazing as the water temps begin to rise and the fish begin to move out of their winter holding spots and become more opportunistic in their feeding patterns. It is not uncommon to be the only boat on some of the more popular stretches of the area rivers during this time of year which is why we choose to do an annual trip every year to the Dillon and Twin Bridges area.
This area of Montana provides an angler with numerous fishing options on several “blue ribbon” streams. Watching the weather patterns and evaluating the stream flows is important in making sure that your trip is safe and successful. Although most of our two days were spent subsurface with large streamers and nymphs, we did run into a major blue-winged olive hatch on the Beaverhead.