Top 5 Skwala Dry Flies – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Top 5 Skwala Dry Flies

As air and water temperatures rise on the rivers around Bozeman, the bug activity increases. The first aquatic insect to hatch is the Skwala. While the hatch is not as prolific as it is in the Bitterroot, it provides a unique opportunity to fish a large foamy dry fly prior to runoff. Here are the top 5 Skwala dry fly patterns to fish in the Bozeman area this spring. Stock up on Skwala patterns now before the hatch arrives!

Peacock Chubby Chernobyl

  • Floats High
  • Great profile
  • Holds up a dropper
  • Fish size #12 - #14

Skwala Emma Stone

  • Very buggy
  • Accurately depicts a skwala adult
  • Tricks a lot of big fish
  • Holds up a dropper

Skwala Morningwood Special

  • Best Skwala name in the game
  • Easy to cast
  • Slim profile for pickier fish
  • Holds up a dropper

Olive Stimulator

  • Easy to cast even with another dry fly
  • Great for delicate presentations
  • Very natural appearance on the water
  • Can be difficult to see

Rogue River Skwala

  • Probably the best overall Skwala Pattern
  • MEGA effective
  • natural and accurate imitation
  • tough to see but it doesn't matter when huge browns crush it.
All of these flies work great on the Bozeman area freestones such as the Yellowstone, Gallatin, and upper Madison. Just listen and watch for a big splashy rise, tie on one of the above flies and get ready for a rodeo. Swing by our Bozeman fly shop for all of your fly fishing necessities before you hit the river this Spring!