Written by: Matthew Churchman, Blackfoot River Outfitters
What can you do if the fishing is slow and everybody needs a boost? Catch a two-footer, that’s what. Our recent spate of higher-than-normal temperatures in Missoula brought the rivers up and had them running a little brown. But recent Orvis Guide of the Year recipient John Herzer helped Jason Cotta (fishing manager of Orvis Bellevue) get it done with a big brown on the Bitterroot. If the fish are few and far between, let them be monsters.
Matthew Churchman is the manager of Blackfoot River Outfitters, in Missoula, Montana.