The past few days have been warm but windy. Today, (Saturday 3/7) the wind is 23-30mph with guest up to 41mph+ around town. East of town towards Springdale is calling for gusts up to 46, the upper valley above Emigrant has the least wind, predicted to hit a steady 21-26 mph.
The Shield’s river has been muddy the past two days and has been kicking in a substantial amount of mud below 89.
Midges have been the main food source although people have been nymphing with rubber legs and size 16 bead head droppers with success. If you have two rods rig one up for midges with a Griffith’s Gnat and a zebra midge dropper for the foam holes and eddy lines as these fish are keyed in on midges, especially midge larva. If you are streamer fishing or swinging try to keep your fly down and moving slow.
With the current wind conditions we suggest doing a shorter 3-4 mile float rather than committing to 10 miles of getting pounded by the wind. Wade fishing is also a good option as you can come and go as you please. The last couple hours of the day have been a bit less windy as well, so getting a couple hours of wade fishing in the evening rather than floating all day could maximize your best fishing time.
Some shuttle companies have been working on the weekends, weather permitting. If you are going to float be sure to call your shuttle company one day ahead of time to make sure they can do it. Plan on doing your own shuttle during the week.
Give us a call if you’d like to book a trip or for the latest report 1-406-222-7130.