The MO just got another bump of water this afternoon. We’re now over 8K. They are making room in Canyon Ferry for runoff as their is more going out then is coming in right now. The MO at over 8K is a much more difficult river to wade fish and most places are a no no. Be careful out there. (Read Brad’s post about wading the MO) If you have a boat (or hey, rent one from us!) then you’ll do fine. It’s a deep nymph thing again so bring plenty of split shot and 1″ Thingamabobbers. Is it like 2011? Not exactly, but we should see flows around 15K in June (based on the 1946-2013 data provided by the BOR and MT FWP for peak flows below Holter Dam.)
The one person who is lamenting the sudden bump in the flows today is Bag Limit Bill, who was on his first day on the river as a Montana Fly Fishing Guide (flying under the Montana Fishing Outfitters flag). He did have his clients manage to catch some fish but it wasn’t like yesterday when it was on fire (see Bill & Ed’s report from this morning). We thought it would be an easy first day for Billy but those “dam people” threw a wrench in the machine and made for some tougher fishing conditions. (It always takes the fish a day or two to settle into the new higher flows.) We have some handy links for streamflows and snowpack on our Streamflows page on our main website.
Swing by our Craig shop, say congrats to Bill and get your shuttle or rental boat.