Video: How to Fish Southwestern Montana in April

Although most folks dream of wet-wading in summertime for big trout feeding on salmonflies or PMDs, Brian McGeehan of Montana Angler makes a strong case for April as a productive time to be in southwest Montana–with a variety of insect hatches offering great action throughout the month. Although the conditions are quite variable, early-season anglers have the opportunity to encounter midges, March browns, Baetis mayflies (a.k.a. blue-winged olives), and the epic Mother’s Day caddis hatch. McGeehan offers thoughts on the best fisheries to target in during this dynamic month. Another advantage is that there are far fewer anglers on the water, which means you can often have whole stretches of river to yourself.

When the conditions are right, spring hatches are remarkable.

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