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Ohio Buckeye with a big-eyed Bighole buck! Photo: Eric Paulson
Salmonfly Fever!

Salmonflies are scattered everywhere throughout South West Montana right now – ditto that for golden stones, sallies, rafts, drift boats, and fish crazed anglers.  Over the last few days, we’ve talked to several good rowers and anglers who have had 100+ hit days on salmonflies and goldenstone dries.  Our best patterns have been Paulson’s Flutter Bug and the Chubby Chernobyl.  We actually saw more goldenstone naturals, but the fish seemed to prefer eating salmonfly dries for once.  This weekend should be pretty hectic as far as boat traffic goes, but by mid-week, the fish should be back to eating flies instead of  bumping them.  If you know lots of boats are ahead of you, try pulling off the bank and fishing the foam lines 10-15 feet off the bushes, or even the boulders in the middle of the river…