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Monday, April 8, 2013

Bitterroot River Valley Skwala

YellowStoneFly, the editor of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog would like to encourage all those who can to visit the Bitterrroot in April and take plenty of Skwala Stoneflies. The snow is melting and river water temps are increasing. That brings out the famous Skwala hatch which is prolific. Take plenty size 14-16.

Idaho Fly Fishers Association (IDFFA)
member Larry Jay with his two sons.

Beware, this is a rapid river with deep holes and lots of structure above and below the water. Fishers and guides drown every year even when they are careful and cautious. The stretch north from Hamilton, MT to Missoula offers plenty of public access, but never feels crowded for it is about 40-50 miles long.

Nice fish Larry!
Easily floatable and wadeable, the Bitterroot is one great western river! All those who fly fish Idaho periodically will make the spring April trip to the Bitterroot. The April Skwala hatch here is as well known as the August black Caddis hatch on the Big Horn and the April BWO on the Green in Utah. Don't miss out.

Happy (Montana) Idaho fly fishing to you all.

Hard takes, tight lines and huge trout always. Please catch and release and go barbless.

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