So our summer rolls on, as steadily as our beloved rivers. And"Rolling" does not seem to adequately describe the rate of speed in which it has come and will all too soon reach an end. And call me crazy but I can smell a little bit of that "End" mixed in with our late summer air every time I go outside. Now, We've all been children and know the feeling of counting down the final days of our cherished summer break. But with the end of one comes New possibilities and new beginnings for another. With that said...... No, we are not done with our "Summer Flow" just yet, So for you lovers of the heat, the sun, and quick jumps into the river off the side of your boat, fear not ! We have plenty of that left. And plenty of long evenings throwing large insects to sipping fish. Ahhhhh finally, so what does all this mean in fishing terms ? It is no secret that to any angler that August is one of our tougher months. Tougher however, does not mean totally unproductive. We are all now casting to a lot of fish that have seen a lot of bugs and a lot of boats. But there still is some great fishing to be had. On my most recent float I found that, Just like in our colder months, That being very selective with your water yielded far better results. ......DEEP...... is the key word, The guts of the runs, right down the middle. don't be enticed by the shallow riffles and a few small noses coming up. Aim for the deep and feed em the junk food. Flies????? The purple ant was a big winner for me and has been in the past. Purple, red, black, whatever your preference you cant go wrong. I usually pair this with a larger terrestrial, or any kind of big foam "profile" type bug. The Swisher"s PMX is one of my fav's, A few fish were taken on this one, But the amount of those that moved from the depths to examine it is even more impressive.........and they were not small. They are out there folks. Pick and choose your water and get after it ! The leaves will change, the air will get crisp and we'll stick em all the way there !
Stop in anytime if we can answer any questions or help outfit your next river excursion. Or if you want to take all the guess work out of it let us take you fishing ! our guides have been on the river all season and would love to show you a great day on the river !
Hoppers, Ants, Beatles......Terrestrials getting it done.
What a great time of year to catch some BIG TROUT on BIG DRY FLIES.
Its like fishing streamers. Throw em a T Bone. Not a tid bit.
Good to great fishing some days.....Not so good on others. It is August . So goes the month.
Fall is knocking, but not to hard yet.
How are we already looking at the back end of August? Seems like it was June just last week. Things have been good here on our local waters with the full moon behind us and September on the horizon. All of our local rivers including the Flathead System, and the Clark Fork have been quite productive in the terrestrial game. We love those cooler temps in August, which we have been fortunate enough to have this year. It keeps things fresh around these parts. NO SMOKE! If you find yourself on the river in the near future, no not hesitate to throw any sort of little beetle, hopper, ant, etc. You will likely not be disappointed. Need to refresh your supply of some of those little sneaker bugs? Chances are we've got them. Just stop by and we'll give you the low down.
Waning July Waxing AUGUST…… Maybe a not so angry August. Excellent cool weather and plenty of rain throughout July has our rivers running cool , and still fishing AOK.
Guides out daily on the Flathead, Clark Fork, and Blackfoot. Good to great reports most days. The main Stem of the Flathead has been a bit tougher on the HOT days.
Terrestrials happening now, this will only intensify throughout the month of August. We love hoppers, beetles , and ants. Trout love em too.
Lakestream‘s bins are full of Terrestrials . The best bugs in the Flathead.
Shop is busy, and open daily from 7:30 till 5, or later.
Come see our SHOP PROs. They will push you in the right direction to catch more fish this August
Come see us for a new FLY ROD For your August quiver. A good soft 6 WT for throwing BIG drys in the wind is the answer. Shop favorites ….Winston Air, Scott Radian, Sage X, Orvis H3, or my personal new favorite … THe NEW SAGE LL.
PRAY FOR RAIN.
If you thought you were the only one excited about the new season we are heading into, well think again! We here at Lakestream are over the moon excited to start another great summer here in the Flathead. Are we catching fish? Yes! Are we fishing the Flathead River? Not quite. Based off of our current flows and the weather we’ve been having, we are hoping to be on the river in the next two weeks or so. It could be sooner, it just depends on the weather. Don’t you worry about that though. We’ve got fishing on the Mo, and on many of the amazing lakes around the valley. If you are out chasing some of those warm water fish that we have around here, come check out our freshly refilled warm water flies. They won’t last long! If you want to just stop by and see what’s happening, please come say hi. We love talking about fishing! In the mean time, go enjoy some warm weather and sunshine!