Spring Guide Trips – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Spring Guide Trips

Lately we’ve received a lot of inquiries by people asking about spring guide trips, so I thought I would get into some of the advantages (and disadvantages) of planning a fishing trip during the spring months. Spring offers some of the best fishing of the year as days become longer and fish become more active with warming water temperatures. Low fishing pressure means fish are less picky than they can be during summer when fishing pressure is high. Dry fly fishing gets good with midge and baetis hatches making for consistent dry fly action on cloudy spring days. Thick hatches of Mother’s Day Caddis along with March Brown mayflies come off as we get later into spring around mid April to early May. Spring also offers some of the best streamer fishing of the year with fish looking to fatten up on large meals. Springtime weather conditions can be quite variable here in Montana with pleasant days and cool nights being normal. Of course the weather can be unpredictable during the spring months, so you’ll want to be prepared for wind, rain and even snow. Spring run-off season starts sometime around mid to late May when the mountain snow begins to melt rapidly, and rivers become high and muddy. We can still find good fishing even when most rivers do get muddy. We take trips to the Missouri River which doesn’t get muddy because is a tailwater flowing from the bottom of deep dam below Holter Lake. Even the Madison stays fishable except a short time during peak river flows. Run-off can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to well over a month depending on snowpack. This year is looking good so far as mountains are running slightly above average for snowpack this winter. We’ll keep you updated on conditions as winter progresses. Spring is a great time to plan a fishing trip if you don’t mind dealing with some weather. Give us a call if you have any questions about fishing or booking a trip this spring.