Missoula Fishing Report 7/9
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The Root continues to fish great in the cloudy weather. While you can get them on Goldens and
Hoppers, the main game in the clouds is going to be PMDS especially on the mid to lower river. Fishing
Cripples and Emergers in the morning and fishing Duns then Spinners in the afternoon is your best
strategy. For flies try The Water Walker, Bullethead Golden Stone, True Golden Stones, PK Golden
Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze, Hoppers and your favorite PMD pattern.
Whether the day gives you clouds or bright sun, the Foot will rarely disappoint you this time of year. Still
some Salmon Flies kicking around on the upper Foot, however the fish have seemed to key in on
Goldens, Sallies and Hoppers. Don’t hesitate to throw Mayfly attractors in the clouds(Parachute Adams,
Purple Haze, Brindle Chute, etc…). Streamer Fishing can be as good as it gets with these water temps
and the beautiful cloudy weather we have been seeing. For flies try the Water Walker, it is quickly taking
the place of the chubby chernobyl, True Golden Stones, PK Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory
Drake, Purple Haze, big attractors, Hoppers, and your favorite PMD pattern.
The cloudy weather has been producing some spectacular days on the Clark. Fishing PMD Cripples and
Emergers in the morning and moving to Duns and Spinners after noon will get the job done. If you are
intimidated by the size of the lower Clark, then days like these is when you want to try to master this
river. The clouds bring out lots of Mayflies which turns the surface into a feeding frenzy. You will see
single fish rising to pods of 20 or more fish feeding in specific spots that will help you dial in where these
fish typically lay. For flies try The Water Walker, Bullethead Golden Stone, True Golden Stones, PK
Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze, Hoppers and your favorite PMD
The Creek continues to fish good. With the water temps dropping and colder weather moving in, the
fish are as happy as can be. Hoppers and Mayfly attractor patterns are the flies of choice right now.