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West Fork Bitterroot salmonflies on last legs

FLY FISHING -- With the large snow pack and cool temperatures this spring the fishing has been tough and slow to get started on many Montana rivers, including the Clark Fork and Bitterroot.

"Due to high, fast and cold water the morning bite is slow with the better fishing being in the afternoon after it warms up," said Jim Mitchell of  Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures based out of Hamilton.

"The water is finally starting to drop and clear and the fishing will continue to improve with lots of water well into this summer," he said Tuesday. "The hatches have been running later this year the salmonflies are still out on the upper West Fork (Bitterroot), but won't last much longer."

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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