While fishing size 18 and 20 sowbugs and midges under a strike indicators has been fun of late on the Bighorn, getting word that the size 8 -12 skwala hatch was happening on the Bitterroot made me head that way. I spent the past 3 days in western Montana on the Bitterroot River fishing the first stonefly hatch of the year and it was good. We fished dry dropper rigs early in the day with a foam skwala on top and a small stone nymph about 3 feet underneath. Once we started getting consistent eats on top we switched to single dries. The skwalas typically start in mid march and emerge until the end of April. Finding a window of good weather is key to being successful with this hatch. Enjoy the pics!
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