FALL IS IN THE AIR!
Even though it still is August, the last several days have felt more like late September. The overnight lows are dipping into the 40’s and the daytime highs are only getting into the mid 70’s. This has done great things as far as cooling down the river and the fish are responding nicely! We’ve starting seeing some of our fall mayflies, notably the hecuba. This is our last drake of the year and a green or brown drake size 10 imitation have been fooling some nice fish. On the cloudy days we’ve also seen blue winged olives and even some mahoganies out. It’s pretty unusual to see these mayflies out this early and maybe it’s a precursor to an early winter. There are a few tricos hatching above the riffles but we haven’t seen a ton of these tiny little guys out yet. The nocturnal golden stone is still out and about and your favorite golden stone imitation from size 8-10 will work. And of course there are still plenty of hoppers out. Now’s the time to get back on the river. The kids will be back in school soon and the bow hunters will be in the woods. We’re coming into some really good and often uncrowded times on the Bitterrroot River! (UPDATED AUGUST 29)