Fort Smith, Montana 59035
Phone: (406) 666-2375
Water flows are at 4,000 cfs and the water temperature is 40 degrees. The water clarity is perfect and the fishing is good. Throw full sinking lines if you’re a streamer fisherman. A light fly/dark fly combination (yes, a two-fly rig) works well. Fish are eating sowbugs, scuds, Baetis nymph patterns, midge pupa, and aquatic worms. There are some midges and a few Baetis around.
USGS Current Conditions
40 degrees at 3-Mile.
Hot Fly Patterns
#14,#16 Ray Charles (grey or tan), #18 Tung Teaser; #16 Pink Scud; #16 Orange Scud
#20 Sipper Midge, #20 Student
#4 Cream Wooley Bugger; #4 Dirty Hippy (cream); #6 Thin Mint Wooley Bugger (Hale's favorite); #4 Grey Zonker; #4,6 Bighorn Wooley Bugger (brown & yellow)