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What a Mild Winter Means for Montana Fly Fishing

By April 7, 2012

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Now that spring is officially here, and the general trout season is about to kick off in full, we thought it would be a good time to start chatting with local fly fishing guides and get some tips on spring fly fishing for 2012.

Over the next couple days, we'll start by sitting down with Montana fly fishing guide Brian McGeehan, who will address questions about the mild rain season we've all had and what that means for spring fishing in Montana and beyond.

About: It was a mild winter throughout much of the country, what has that meant for Montana fly fishing this year?
McGeehan: Our winter temperatures were a bit above average, but our snowfall has been right on target.
The mountain snow pack always drives our fishing and has an impact on the timing of hatches and when certain rivers fish at their best.
Some fisheries are better high water fisheries and other rivers, or sections of river that have higher gradients fish better when waters are lower.
Most river systems are currently running between 90-110% of average snow pack.  Although some big late season snows could bump that up, I think that it is safe to say we will not have the extended run off like in 2011 and we also won't be worrying about drought conditions.
The forecast for Montana fly fishing is just about perfect for the 2012 season at this point.

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