Fort Smith, Montana 59035
Phone: (406) 666-2375
Water flows are at 4,000 cfs and the water temperature is 44 degrees. The water clarity is improving. Brown trout are spawning and both nymph and streamer fishing is productive. Fish are eating sowbugs, scuds, Baetis nymph patterns, midge pupa, and aquatic worms. A light fly/dark fly combination (yes, a two-fly rig) works well for streamer fishing.
Still have a few Baetis hatching in early afternoon.
USGS Current Conditions
44 degrees at 3-Mile.
Hot Fly Patterns
#16,#18 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #18 Tung Teaser; #16 Orange Scud; #16,#18 Olive Flashback Pheasant Tail; #18 Quill Nymph; #18 San Juan Worm (various colors)
#20 Student; #20,#22 Baetis Sparkle Dun
#4 Cream Wooley Bugger; #8 Black Squirrel Leech; #4 Dirty Hippy (cream); #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4 Grey Zonker; #4,6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow)