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I was wondering if there are any places to go FFing out west(Montana, Arkansas, Wyoming) during early march. Will the mountains still have too much snow? Any suggestions for a trip in early march would be appreciated-------------ALG
early march can work well - pre run off
i would look at the green and provo rivers in utah. utah is milder than wyoming,idaho and montana. or the san juan in NM.
direct flight into slc and about a 3-4 hr. drive out to the green and only about 45 min to provo. if you go i can give you a secret place near the green. small spring creek in red rock desert that is amazing.
Big Horn River...tail release, great hatches in March, not tons of people.
Spring Creeks such as Armstrongs, DePuys etc... their rates are cheaper that time of year, last time I remember them being under or right at $50 a day, instead of summer rate of 150.
Missouri River. Tail release, good BWO hatches all winter.
Little Red...I have caught caddis hatches in Feb out there. No lie.
Norfork....BWO's. But this past Feb we went out there for 4 days. I fished only 4-6 hours total. The water releases on the Norfork and White made it unfishable for anyone without a boat.
White: Depending on dam releases, you can have some fantastic fishing or a lot of sitting on the bank and sippin beer.
My buddy who guides out of Big Sky says the Gallatin is a good pre run off stream. The Madison below Ennis Lake in the Bear Trap canyon. Madison below Quake Lake, but let me tell ya from experience, that water can be extremely dangerous and tricky to wade....
Those would be my suggestions.
Almost forgot. If you go to Arkansas in Feb-March, take a good supply of shad patterned flies. That is the time of the year the shad die off , go thru the generators and become trout chow. You can catch some monsters on white marabou;s etc.. I would def take some of those patterns with you. And Gaston's Resort has a very good site on the White, with fishin tales, hints, tips, and weekly water release/fishing report. (also from their you can access sites on the Little Red too.)
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