Fishing Update: Hopper Season Has Arrived
Hopper Season Has Arrived!
With temperatures in the 80’s Hopper Season is now in Full Swing in West Glacier. It’s the time of the year to dig deep and find the large foam dry flies. Whether they are in purple, red, orange or yellow, all colors seem to be working these days.
It always seems that the water gets clearer every day, and with that fish can look up and see your dry fly. We’ve been taking trips all the way from the Canadian Border down to the confluence with the Middle Fork, and the North Fork has been very productive dry fly fishing. We’ve had the opportunity in the last few weeks to teach a number of people how to fly fish and they all have had very successful days on the North Fork. Try smaller dries in the morning and then move to larger hoppers in the afternoon.
Without rain, Montana is getting dry and the water is visibly dropping. The Middle Fork is starting to get “skinny” which means low water and exposed rocks. Be careful floating the upper stretches. It seems to have concentrated the fish, and we are seeing some great “eats” by fish on our dry flies.
The days on the Middle Fork have been productive and we are seeing a number of quality fish caught. Don’t be scared these days to start thinking about fishing 5x tippet, and smaller dry flies. Hoppers, Caddis, and smaller stoneflies are still working well, but a refusal may been seen occasionally. Think perfecting your drag free drift and switching to 5x tippet to remedy this.