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2019 Fly Fishing Reports - May 16th

Lake Creek is now prime. Seriously. Small stream out your door. Now.

The Kootenai River - 18 kcfs

What little low elevation run off we have left is happening now. Temps are cooling though so the rive will calm down a bit. Still a little high for my taste but the small streams are all coming into play. Drakes, stones, caddis and streamers.

Kootenai River Gauge.

7 Day Troy Montana Forecast

Yaak river gauge.

Lake Creek, Bull River, Yaak River & Small Streams.

Lake good NOW and for a few months. Water levels up but still clear and wadeable. Throw a streamer or look for risers to caddis. Little Yellow and Brown Stones today all over everything. Lots of risers. Some really good fish to be had this time of year. They're coming off the spawn and looking to chow. Warm temps and sun shine this week are going to be the first big turn on of the season. It's time for Golden Stones, Green and Gray Drakes, Salmonflies and big Caddis. If you want a chance at the bigger fish that move from the lake...get here.

Yaak and Bull closed til Sat May 18th. Opening day MAYBE is fishable. But early to mid June looks to be prime time small streams at this point. If you wanna float the Bull or Yaak plan on late May first part of June. Not enough snow to take it out much further. Look for the Yaak gauge to be 2500 cfs or so for it and the Bull to be prime.

Bull Lake...Smallies and Pike!

Ice out. Pike in the shallows soon. Sight casting spring time is upon us!

Mountain Lakes:

Low elevation thawed this week. 5000' feet and above take a hike and let us know. Snow is disappearing quick. Highest of lakes first part of June at the latest.

Rising Rainbow Trout


Big Brown Trout







Brown Trout Bull River


Bull Lake:

Pike are here!


Hatch Chart, Flies, and area bug information can be found here.



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