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MIDGES, STONEFLIES AND BAETIS, OH MY! || MONTANA SPRING FISHING

MIDGES, STONEFLIES AND BAETIS, OH MY!
MONTANA SPRING FISHING|
This just in from the Lodge at Eagle Rock, Montana

 The Missouri River has quickly become known in the fly fishing world as one of the most productive trout fisheries in North America. The Lodge at Eagle Rock is the first all-inclusive, full-service luxury fishing lodge on the Missouri River. In addition to some of the finest trout fishing in the world, guests at The Lodge at Eagle Rock will enjoy attentive service, gourmet meals, luxury accommodations, and personalized packages that pair them with professional outfitters and guides. Whether you want to pit your skills against the browns and rainbows of the Missouri, take a jet-boat ride to the “Land of the Giants,” wade-fish hoppers on Prickly Pear Creek, or raft down the Dearborn, the Lodge at Eagle Rock is the one destination on the Missouri River that can put it all together for you.

“March and April in North Central Montana bring the angling community two certainties, inclement weather and hungry fish.  As water temperatures rise, the fish of the Missouri River more readily metabolize the food they need for survival.  Following cold winter temperatures when they eat with less regularity and in conjunction with more active and prevalent aquatic insect life, Mighty Mo trout begin to regain the weight lost over four months of less daylight and drastically colder water temperatures.

Blanket hatches of Midges are their first prey.  During warm winter and spring afternoons, these tiny insects roll across the river’s surface by the billions.  Next on their menu are our spring Stoneflies, Nemora and Skwalla.  Much larger than their Midge predecessors, these giant winged creatures start to show up in March and hatch through mid-April. Stoneflies are loved by angler, guide and trout alike, because they are much easier to see on the water, they float a dropper quite easily and each insect packs a lot more nutrition. 

The best spring hatch on the river, however, is the spring Baetis or Blue-Winged Olive.  Hatching on overcast afternoons starting in April, usually alongside their larger more visible March Brown cousins, these Baetis allow anglers the opportunity to target pods of sipping Missouri Browns and Rainbows. Lastly, the hatching of Mayflies lets us all know that summer is soon to follow and the fishing will just continue to get better and better!”

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