Chuck Stranahan is a guide, fly designer and writer whose work has appeared in Fly Fisherman, FFF’s Fly Fisher, and several collections. His fly patterns are distributed nationally to dealers by Doug’s Bugs, Santa Rosa, CA. He lives in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley with his wife Jan and trout dog Millie, where he runs Chuck Stranahan’s Flies & Guides.
THE WATER on my home river, the Bitterroot in Western Montana, is rising. Given our light snowpack this year, it will settle rapidly into fishable shape again. I’ll probably be on it, though, when others are saying “Too high.” Anglers who “know how” generally do well during high water. And they usually have long stretches all to themselves. It is...