Montana offers some of the best spring fishing opportunities in the lower forty-eight. During the months of March and April and before runoff and snowmelt flood river bottoms, conditions are often consistent and trout are often feeding.
Skwala stoneflies, March brown, gray drake, and baetis mayflies headline hatches here in Montana during the early season. Here are five of the top Montana patterns that will help you catch more trout during the spring.
1. Parachute Adams: The venerable parachute Adams in various sizes will cover you in most cases during March brown, gray drake, and baetis hatches. Never leave home without it.
2. Bitterroot skwala: This skwala pattern rides low, floats true, and trout eat it. What more could you want from from a fly?
3. Tan sparkle dun: Sparkle duns are still one of the most effective patterns in the game. They float well, have a great mayfly silhouette, and with the trailing shuck are a terrific cripple/emerger pattern as well.
4. Coffee mottled rubber legged nymph: This nymph in various sizes is outstanding. The legs give it life and it's suggestive of both skwala and gray drake nymphs.
5. Tunghead soft hackle pheasant tail nymph: This fly gets down fast, is suggestive of all nymphs, and is the perfect dropper.
Pre-runoff fishing in Montana can be great. Make sure you have a few of these patterns in your box when you head out for your next spring adventure.
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