Smith River Permit: How Lucky Where You?

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Smith River Raft set for fishing.

Permit results are out. How lucky were you? You can check your results at MyFWP. Remember, if you didn’t get drawn you still have a chance! For $5 per “Chance” through a separate lottery, FWP will issue one Super Permit allowing the winner of that permit to pick a launch date of their choice. Don’t wait to buy your chance! Deadline for the 2015 Super Permit Lottery is March 19th. Smith River Super Permit Chances are available for purchase from FWP online or at any FWP Regional Office or License Provider like CrossCurrents Fly Shop. You can purchase as many chances as you’d like and all proceeds from the sales of chances directly benefits the Smith River Corridor Enhancement Account. Continue reading

Looks like, Feels like, Sounds like, Smells like…SPRING…But the Calendar Says WINTER?!

missouri-river-early-february-2015According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Northwest is supposed to experience above-normal temperatures this Winter. Although we are currently average in most of our regions for snowpack across the State according to today’s SNOWTEL Report by the Natural Resources Conservation service (NRCS), 020315snotel-mapafter a two-day hiatus Montana is again experiencing the more Spring-like temperatures and weather predicted. So what does this mean for our streamflows for this Spring and Summer? Continue reading

Missouri River Fishing Report 1/12/15

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Flows: 4670 cfs…. Water Temperature: 34.2° F….

Freezing Fog..that’s what its like in Helena today, but the Live Web Cam shows some sun hitting the MO’. This weekend temps were just right for some good Winter fishing. The kids and I tried ice fishing for the first time on Spring Meadow Lake, while Ben, our new employee, and Chris floated the MO’. Both adventures proved to be very productive for catching trout. Take a shovel! There is a pile of gravel at the dam that came in handy to help with some traction.

HOT Streamers: Buggers of Black, Olive and Purple color, Kreelex Clouser, Sparkle Minnow, Polar Minnow

HOT Nymphs: Firebeads, Pink Lighting Bug, Pheasant Tails, Scuds, Zebra Midges

HOT Dries: Really no action here yet, but if you gotta throw it try Midge patterns

Remember, CrossCurrents is hosting its’ Beginner Fly Tying Classes in our Helena shop one night a week for five weeks.

For more information, please call CrossCurrents Fly Shop in Helena 406-449-2292, or stop by for a visit.

-Happy Fishing!