Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 7/31

Missoula Fishing Report

July 31st

The hot weather has returned for the weekend. The normal temps will return early next week. This fishing around the Missoula are has been great. The water levels has been steady enough, and with a little help from the rain they have even bumped. The water temps have also been great. The cooler nights have been dropping the water back to a temperature the trout are happy with. This little heat wave will be short lived and we will be back to normal in no time.

The Clark Fork: HOPPER TIME. Big or little. Tan or Pink. Blue or Red. You pick your favorite and roll it. It’s the time of year that you have to stick to your guns if you want to catch ’em on the dry. Don’t lose faith if you go 20 minutes without an eat. The big fish are willing you just have to stick with it. Patience young Jedi.

The Bitterroot: There are a few PMD’s still showing up. Not a major factor right now. Hoppers are on the main stage right now. Again, have faith. Big fish take work.

Blackfoot: The Moths are still around. The fish are still eating them, but it’s not like it was. The hoppers are kicking around the banks, and the fish are looking for them in the right spots. The streamer bite has been fair to good early in the morning.

Rock Creek: The Spruce Moths are also still kicking around and the Creek fish are eating them. Smaller hoppers are getting fish to look up, and your general attractors are always a great option.

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-The MAngler

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Missoula Fishing Report 7/28

Missoula Fishing Report

July 28

The rivers have slightly bumped, while the water temperatures have dropped. Today is supposed to be overcast again, though not as cool as yesterday. By Friday, it should be heating back up to the mid 90’s. Beat the heat and set your alarm for sunrise- fill your fly boxes with some tricos, a couple of PMDs, and some hoppers. Get out early and throw a dry fly. Get into some fast deep water and work your magic. If you’re headed to the Blackfoot, don’t forget your streamers. With the clouds, it would be in your favor to get on the Bitterroot or the Lower Clark Fork. Happy fishing!

Boq                  Nice Bow caught on the Lower Clark Fork!

Blackfoot River: Tricos, rubber legs, big attractor patterns, hoppers, PMDs, elk hair caddis, stimulators, spruce moths (if there is visible sun)

Bitterroot River: PMDs, PEDs, caddis, yellow sallies, hoppers, rubber legs

Clark Fork River: Hoppers, PMDs, attractor patterns, San Juan worms, tricos, mayflies, yellow sallies, terrestrials, spruce moths (if there is visible sun)

Rock Creek: Streamers in the slower water, royal wulffs, elk hair caddis, purple haze, rubber legs, tricos, parachute adams, spruce moths (if there is visible sun)

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Feel free to stop in or call the shop to see what’s working, what’s new, etc.

-The MAngler

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Missoula Fishing Report 7/26

Missoula Fishing Report

July 26th

It’s a great weekend to wet a line, and it’s only supposed to get better.

According to the forecast, we have some cooool temps coming our way. Monday has a high of 62 degrees, and there is a great chance of rain. As for the rest of the weekend, the fishing could be killer with this overcast haze that we are reported to see this weekend. Just like always, the early bird gets the worm. Although spruce moths have been a great option lately, they don’t thrive in this weather. If the sun is not shining, the moths are not flying. The tricos are starting to hatch- throw one of those instead. For the Blackfoot, streamers… Sparkly streamers in the heavy water.

Rock Creek Cuttthroat

Blackfoot River: Tricos, rubber legs, big attractor patterns, hoppers, PMDs, elk hair caddis, stimulators

Bitterroot River: PMDs, PEDs, caddis, yellow sallies, hoppers, rubber legs

Clark Fork River: Hoppers, PMDs, attractor patterns, San Juan worms, tricos, mayflies, yellow sallies, terrestrials

Rock Creek: Streamers in the slower water, royal wulffs, elk hair caddis, purple haze, rubber legs, parachute adams

IN THE NEWS:

-ALL streamers are 30% off! Stop in and stock up!!

-MAngler hats are all restocked

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-The MAngler 

 

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Missoula Fishing Report 7/22

Missoula Fishing Report

July 22nd

The fishing in and around Missoula has been good. The fish are catching a break on water temperatures and it is making all the difference. Regardless of that, the Hoot Owl Restrictions are still upon us. The Bitterroot is heating back up again, so keep that in mind while fighting fish. The Clark Fork, Bitterroot, and Blackfoot are all shut down from 2pm to midnight each day. Rock Creek is a great option for those of you who can’t get out early in the day, and the spruce moths are going wild there. Georgetown Lake has been fishing really well. Keep exploring those alpine lakes and smaller bodies of water that we are so lucky to be surrounded by. There are countless hidden gems around Missoula that are worth taking advantage of. It doesn’t look like there will be any rain in the next few days, though it is supposed to cool down mid week.

River Camp

According to old weather lores, pink clouds in the west mean that rain is coming. We’ve been having some prettttty killer sunrises lately. Go see for yourself!

The Bitterroot: PMDs, hoppers, caddis, PEDS, yellow sallies

The Blackfoot: Spruce moths, MAngler moths, hoppers (small, 10/12), tan and purple hoppers, pink and yellow terrestrials, stimulators, attractor patterns, elk hair caddis

Clark Fork:  PMDs, spruce moths, hoppers, elk hair caddis, mayflies, yellow sallies

Rock Creek: Spruce moths, MAngler moths, hoppers, elk hair caddis, purple haze, parachute adams

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Missoula Fishing Report 7/19

Missoula Fishing Report

July 19th 

Cooler temps! Hallelujah! 

We’re seeing some moisture and the temperatures are dropping. July is already doing us a lot more favorites than June did. The Blackfoot actually dropped down to 58 last night, and the Upper Bitterroot hit 54 degrees. For the most part, things are the same. We’ve had some overcast days which can mean really killer fishing. Get out early to try and beat the traffic, and take advantage of these water temps. The water levels on the Bitterroot are dropping, so the upper parts are doing a lot better than the lower stretches. Rock Creek is still running pretty low, although the rain is helping all of the rivers out. The Blackfoot is still fishing really well, and The Clark Fork is decent too. If it’s sunny, head to the Blackfoot. When it’s cloudy, get on The Clarkfork or the Bitterroot. The Tricos are also beginning to hatch, so we will be seeing those in the next few days.

Clark Fork Fly Fishingc

Bitterroot River: PMDs, PEDs, caddis, attractor patterns, hoppers, yellow sallies, rubber legs, Goldens, lightning bugs, and tricos.

Blackfoot River: Once again, don’t overlook the heavier runs on the Blackfoot right now. You’d be surprised where some of the fish are lounging right now. Try throwing some spruce moths, PMDs, hoppers, stimulators, Chernobyls, and elk hair caddis.

Clark Fork River: Hoppers, spruce moths, mayflies, elk hair caddis, chubby style attractor patterns, yellow sallies.

Rock Creek: Either get out early, or go later on. Rock creek is NOT currently under Hoot Owl Restrictions, so you’re free to fish it whenever you please. Spruce moths, caddis in the evening, purple haze, parachute adams, elk hair caddis, Goldens, and big attractor patterns. Don’t hesitate to throw some streamers in the heavy runs.

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-The MAngler

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Missoula Fishing Report 7/14th

Missoula Fishing Report 

JULY 14TH

Return of the spruce moths… 

The spruce moths have been fluttering around over the past few days. They don’t appreciate the rain as much as we do, and this overcast weather has them hiding. Once the weather starts warming up again, these bugs will be swarming, and the fish will undoubtedly be eating. They’ve been out in full force on the Blackfoot, as well as the Clark Fork. There will be plenty around Rock Creek as well. The MAngler is getting a bunch of spruce moths in today, so stop in if you need to throw a couple in your fly box. An elk hair caddis can also be a decent substitution. Use a light tan or gray body and cut of the hackle thats on the belly- that way it will float like a spruce moth rather than skate around the water like a caddis.

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Working away on some spruce moths. Go check out our blog post to watch Ron’s video on his version of tying a spruce moth!

 ( https://www.missoulianangler.com/2015/07/mangler-spruce-moth-tie-your-own/ )

Aside from that, things are staying pretty steady. It rained last night, though it looks like our chance of precipitation may be going down. It could very well still be cloudy and humid. Don’t forget that there is plenty of great water to be fished apart from that under Hoot Owl Restrictions. Go explore some creeks and alpine lakes, pray for rain, and be off the agua by two o clock pm! While fishing our rivers, don’t overlook the heavier water.

Blackfoot River: spruce moths, PMDs, elk hair caddis, stimis, hoppers, double beaded stones, chernobyls

Bitterroot River: Rusty spinners, PMDs, golden stones, hoppers, lightning bugs

Clark Fork River: Spruce moths, elk hair caddis, chubby style attractor patterns, yellow sallies, hoppers

Rock Creek: Spruce moths, elk hair caddis, PMDs, goldens, big attractors, parachute adams. Throw some nymphs and streamers in the heavy runs

-The MAngler

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