Who we are:
Fly Fishing Always is Rick Thomas, Outfitter-Guide, Booking & Reservations. John Foust, Professional Guide, Elna Foust Booking & Reservations. We also use some of the valleys best independent guides. They are independent contractors and work with various outfitters and may not always be available to us. Please book early if you have a specific guide you would like to fish with, and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes.
Our goal is to create the best possible fishing experience for our clients. We cater to the seasoned, as well as the first time angler. We try to match clients with guides for the best possible experience. We are using a wide variety of guides with their own unique personalities, all of whom are skilled boatmen, anglers, and teachers.
The Bitterroot River is a freestone river with its headwaters in the upper end of the Bitterroot Valley, just west of the Continental Divide. The Bitterroot River flows north through the valley and into the Clark Fork of the Columbia River, west of Missoula. Our river is about 98 miles long including the east & west forks. We have many varieties of trout including Rainbow, Brown & West Slope Cutthroat. Our aquatic insects? BUGS BUGS LOTS OF GOOD BUGS
Catch & Release:
At Fly Fishing Always
we promote and practice Catch & Release and the use of barb less or pinched
barb hooks. I believe pinching your barb is more important than
ever. With the increase in popularity of fly fishing and the use of larger
attractor patterns we are seeing an increasing number of damaged fish. The
larger patterns almost always get lodged in the corner of a trout's mouth.
This makes it almost impossible to release a trout on a barbed hook without
doing some damage to the trout. Some argue that it is more damaging to the
trout to use a barbless hook than a barbed? If you don't pinch already
please try it for a season and judge for yourself. This is a natural fishery and we want to keep
it that way.
Always wet hands before handling a fish & try to keep the fish in the water. Do not squeeze the fish as you can easily cause internal injury. If a fish wiggles you can't hold it without injuring it, LET IT GO. We all like pictures, however when taking them try to compose your shot before you lift the fish. Cradle the fish in the palm of your hands, lift the fish, take your picture and get the fish back in the water. Always hold the fish over the water so if it squirms loose it falls back into the water. When releasing and reviving a fish, keep it in the water, keep one hand back near the tail and the other cradling the belly. Make sure to keep your hands back from the gill plates so the fish can breath. In the picture above, the right hand is too far forward and blocking the gill plates. Always point the fish upstream into the current, work the fish back and forth in the current until it catches its breath and then let it swim away. Always try to release the fish in a slower current. A fish that has been handled properly has a greater chance of survival. PLEASE DON'T SQUEEZE THE FISH!
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