Spring is our most consistent time of year to successfully fish dry flies to rising trout. This river isn’t known as a big dry fly fishery, but during spring, these windows will present themselves if you know where and when to look. Typically with lower flows, spring presents opportunities to hop out of the boat and wade fish select runs and riffles. By early March, we typically get our first big hatch of the year.
The spring Caddis (Brachycentrus) come off during the first warm spell in March, leaving the trout on full-blown feed mode. This is the same famous hatch that happens on Montana’s Yellowstone River, but ours takes place a little earlier in the year. We typically start seeing March browns and massive hatches of PMDs as we roll into early April, plus Stoneflies hatching by late April and into May.