The Jefferson River has shown a slight leveling out this am after being on the rise over the past week due to warm temperatures that have started the runoff period here in southwest Montana.
- Currently flowing 2880cfs near Twin Bridges.
- Visibility – POOR maybe 6 inches – 1 foot
The river will be in bad shape for at least the next week. Weather forecasts are calling for more warm temps, some rain and nighttime lows not getting cold enough to stabilize and clear the river. If you go your best bet will be nymphing with big flashback stonefly patterns sizes #4-6 in golden or orange. Try a Pepperoni Yuk Bug size#4-6 and you’ll definitely want to trail a San Juan worm in red size#10-6.
The streamer bite has been a bit chilly due to the rise as well, but if nymphing isn’t producing try stripping a conehead Yellow Yummie or a JJ Special size#4. Check out my Top Ten Streamers for SW Montana for a more detailed list of recommended streamers.
Be aware of floating hazards such as log jams and cottonwoods that have been dislodged due to the rise in flow.
For more information on fishing trips on The Jefferson River and other southwest Montana rivers contact FishTales Outfitting LLC