Idaho Bugs in Montana Rivers
Just returned from a Smith River fishing adventure over in Montana. The Smith has some of the most stunning canyon walls I have seen, and the fishing is not too bad to boot. We caught fish on a mixed bag of bugs from streamers to nymphs to dry flies, we had it all. One of degenerates on the trip caught a damn nice brown on a bug he coined "the North Idaho Caddis" (which is a rubber legged ugly ass crappy jig) fished on the swing. I won't drop a name or get into the ethics of using such a bug, but I will tell you the North Idaho Caddis is a productive unconventional sand baggin bug one might have packed away in the fly box you claim you found on the side of the river. You know, the one that holds all the egg patterns and Berkeley worms. We hit the Mo yesterday and picked up some real nice Bows below the dam, even one on a North Idaho Caddis. Montana is a fantastic state with so many prolific rivers chalk full of bows and browns but I'm stoked to be back to chase native west slope cutties on the Joe and CDA in the coming weeks.