Fly fishing the Missouri River above Cascade Lake out of Craig Montana in early April is not for the average angler. Snow, rain, hail, wind and sun are always in the forecast. However the rewards of early spring fishing far out weigh any concerns for weather. That’s why we spend $$$ on guide clothes, right?
This year, I selected the same dates to fish the MO as last year. Big surprise. Record snowpacks and cold temperatures extended winter well into early April. However, we still caught “angry” Browns and “feisty” rainbows on adult skwala patterns as well as the short leash nymphing technique. (See previous post) If you go say hi to Headhunters Fly Shop owner Mark Raiser. Ask for Jared Edens to guide you. You won’t be disappointed. (yes that’s a purple Skwala)