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Missoula Fishing Report 6/7

Fly Fishing Report Brought To You By Our Missoula Fly Fishing Guides And Fly Shop Staff.

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river is starting to clear along the length. It’s NOT clear, but it is fishable in the upper sections. Subsurface is the main game, big nymphs and streamers. The Salmon Flies have been sparsely spotted, but no reports of actual fish eating on the surface. So close we can taste it on the upper section, but don’t expect much till mid to late week.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River is still high and way off color, but it has been dropping for 48 hours and is starting to think about clearing. We think the big water bumps are mostly done, so expect the Blackfoot to be fishing by the weekend. If you’re looking to throw some big streamers to hungry fish, look for the weekend to make a start to summer on the Blackfoot.
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Clark Fork River


The lower section of the lower Clark Fork River is blown, and will be for the foreseeable future. The upper section is fishing in spots, but is still not a great option. Most travelers are making the right at Drummond and heading to Rock Creek. If you go up high, it’s a nymph and streamer game for the most part. Have your Pat’s Rubberlegs in Brown and Black, and a few smaller streamers. If you get all the way to Warm Springs, have your scuds and leeches.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek Flows have been dropping for the last 36 hours. The salmon flies are being seen on the lower river, and a few fish are coming to the surface. The river is still above normal flows, so waders should be very careful as you hit the water. Water temps are dropping and will stay down for the next 4 days, if the weather holds to prediction. Start subsurface with a Peacock Double Bead Stone, Brown Pat’s Rubberlegs or Black/Brown TJ Hooker. Now’s the fun time for Salmon dries, so when the adults hit the water, be ready with a Dancing Ricky, Damien’s SUV or any big, foamy bug with lots of rubberlegs. It’s early in the hatch, big and gaudy move fish to the surface.
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June Hatches

Click any photo below to find out more information on each individual hatch. Includes life cycle, best fly patterns, helpful tips and where to find these hatches in your Western Montana fly fishing adventure.

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