Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fly Fishing Report 4/22

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing has been great over the last few days and should continue to fish well. We’ve seen plenty of Skwalas in the sun and March Browns in the clouds. The levels have been fairly level which is always good to see this time of year as they are often fluctuating during warm spells and rain. Fish have moved out of their winter holding water and in to late spring holding water with the warmer water temps. Skwalas, Nemouras, BWO’s and March Browns are all on the menu. At this point in time it appears that we will get at least another week or two before runoff hits.
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River has been decent lately with steady flows and warmer temperature. Still more of a nymph and streamer game this time of year but keep an eye out on cloudy days for BWO’s and March Browns. Keep your focus on slower runs and inside seems for fish stacked up. Deep nymph rigs and streamers is our go to on the Blackfoot this time of year.
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing has been good the last few days now that water has cleared up a bit and flows remain fairly stable. We have had a few great days with Skwalas and March Browns on top. Nymphing will be the most productive and streamer fishing has been good too.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek has been good the last few days with good numbers of Skwalas and March Browns hatching. The afternoon window has been the most productive for dry fly fishing while nymphing and streamer fishing has been solid all day long. We have been hearing good reports from the lower stretches all the way to the top end. Flows have been steady and should continue on that trend as long as we don’t see to much rain or a rapid increase in temperature.
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March Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing took a bit of a hit with the warm weather, followed by snow, followed by rain. There was a large push of water which turned fishing off for a few days. It has leveled out and starting to drop as of today. Should fish ok for the next few days but expect nymphing to be the most productive strategy. We’ll see what the weather brings us in the next few days but we expect it to start fishing on top again and should continue to fish good.
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River has seen a significant bump over the last few days. The clarity isn’t great but still fishable. This wouldn’t be our first option to fish this week but we hope levels come back down and water to clear up a bit. Might be a better option towards the end of this week and next week. Focus on deep inside seems with streamers and nymphs.
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing has been slow over the last few days with the bump in flows. Since everything dumps into the Clark Fork, it will be the last one to clear up. We are hoping it improves by next week but don’t expect great fishing any time soon. Fish are still found in the inside seems and slower paced water. Nymphing and streamers are the main game for now.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek has seen the same push of water like the rest of streams around Missoula. It’s on the drop as of today and fished decent even through the bump. Streamers and nymphs have been the most productive but big dries on top have moved a few fish in the afternoon. Starting to see some adult Skwalas hatching over the last week. Focus on inside seems and walking speed water with nymphs for the best fishing.
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March Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing continues to fish well. There has been considerable bumps in flows with the recent warm up but fishing continues to be good regardless. More and more Skwalas are showing up every day with this warmer weather. Fish are still in their spring holding water like inside seems and walking speed water but are starting to move into faster holding water with the warm water temps. We still have been focusing on nymph droppers in the morning and dries late morning into the afternoon.
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River is still cold and a little off color. Not unfishable by any means but keep your expectations in check. Streamers and nymphs are the way to go focusing on on inside seems. Fish streamers slow and deep, and hit every inch of the run when nymphing. While the fishing on the Blackfoot is nothing to write home about, it’s a good place to get away from people and have the river to yourself.
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing is still pretty slow with new push of water and darker clarity. We’ll see what the flows and weather does this week. Still fishable but you will be working hard for every fish. We’re hoping flows stabilize and water clears up. Focus on nymphs and streamers on inside seems.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek has been good over the past few weeks. Even with a bump in flows, the fishing continues to produce. There are a few Skwalas out and we expect more and more to show up with the warmer weather. Nymphing is still your most productive tactic but dry fly fishing is an option in the afternoon. Streamer fishing is a great choice this time of year for fly fishing on Rock Creek too. Like the rest of our streams focus your time on inside seems and walking pace water.
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March Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing has been good lately with some decent dry fly action from late morning into the afternoon. With these colder nights we’ve been seeing, focus on nymphing in the morning and switch to a dry dropper or single dry during the afternoon. We are still not seeing many adult Skwalas but with the warm weather forecast, we should start seeing plenty. This weekends warm up might bring another push of water but nothing that should keep you from fishing. It’s been a long winter and this warm up is exactly what we all need in our life. Go enjoy it!
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River is still cold and not much has changed as far as the fishing. It got a little off color with the last warm up but has leveled off and cleared up. We have been floating a few stretches and chucking streamers for a few good fish a day. The Blackfoot River is not a numbers game this time of year but focusing on slow inside seems and runs will get it done. This is a great option if you want the river to yourself, just don’t expect heavy action all day long. Nymphing and streamer fishing is the way to go.
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing is still pretty slow for the most part. Like the Blackfoot, it got a little off color with the last warm up and then started to clear up. Expect waterflows to bump a little with the warm up bringing more off color conditions. We have seen a few Skwala adults out but not enough to get the fish to excited at this point. Should be a decent option until the water turns dark as we expect to see with this warm up. Focus on slower water and inside seems with nymphs and streamers and possibility of some decent dry fly action in the afternoon.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek is starting to warm up with very few adult Skwalas starting to show up. Not a great dry fly option by any means but it’s at least a start. We’ve heard good reports from the top stretches to the bottom. Nymphing is still your most effective strategy followed by streamers. There are a few fish looking up for dries in the afternoon but don’t expect much on dries. Like the rest of our streams, focus on your fishing on the slow walking pace water like inside seems and slow runs.
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March Hatches

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Fly Fishing The Clark Fork River

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing is improving every day. We have seen a few Skwala adults hatching but nothing to write home about yet. Focus your time nymphing and streamer fishing. The forecast is looking promising with higher night time temperatures but spring forecasts in Montana is never a for sure thing. We expect the dry fly fishing to improve late this week into next week.
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River has been pretty slow with the cold temperatures. If you want to have a section all to yourself then this is a good option. Don’t expect numbers but the nymphing and streamer fishing can bring some quality fish to hand this time of year. Focus on slow inside seems with deep nymph rigs and streamers
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing, is slowly starting to wake up. Not much for good dry fly fishing yet but the nymphing and streamer fishing can be decent. Focus your time on slow inside seems with nymph rigs and streamers. We will see what the weather brings before we get to excited about streamer fishing on the Clark Fork river.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek is a good option this time of year with nymphs and streamer fishing. Not much for dry fly action yet but this can be some of the best nymphing of the year on slow inside seams with stonefly nymph imitations. We should start seeing some Skwalas hatching in the next few weeks.
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March Hatches

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Bitterroot River

Bitterroot river fly fishing has made the transition into Fall fishing. The rains are here for the next week, and we’re seeing the change in the hatches. BWO’s are hatching consistently along the length. The Mahoganies are starting to establish, and are strong in some areas. Keep your eyes out for the Hecubas- they’re there, but you have to watch for them. Hoppers are going to be sporadic in the cool, cloudy weather but will make a return when the sun comes back. No need to be on the water very early, though the nymphing has been good on the middle and lower sections. SR Bullets Olive, Birds of Prey and the Umpqua PT Jig have been cleaning up subsurface, and the clouds are providing surface action from about 11:00 am on.
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River is still good, but starting to show some signs that it’s slowing down for winter. BWO’s, Mahoganies and October Caddis are being seen and eaten, but it feels like each day it takes a bit longer for the action to start. That’s great news for the streamer anglers, as the big fish are starting to look for big calories before the river gets too cold. Take your Dungeons and Sparkle Minnows and head up there to work the deep pockets and seams. If you’re looking for big fish on the dead drift, tie on a crayfish under a big indicator, and watch the trout gobble it up. You can hit the Blackfoot about noon and know you’ve not missed much
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing, especially below town, is really coming into form. The BWO’s, Tricos, Hecubas, and Mahoganies are getting the fish to pod up and sip dries pretty much from town west. The cloudy weather is keeping the fish at the surface, and you’ll find enough rising fish from 11:00 AM on to keep you happy. If the dries are slow, subsurface with a Pats Rubberlegs or a PT Tungsten jig will take fish all day. Streamers have been working some, but they might not be your first option. If you go that way, Baby Gongas Tan and the Kreelix have been working.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek is in full Fall mode. Mahoganies, BWO’s, sporadic Hecubas and October Caddis are keeping the dry fly anglers very busy up here. Work the edges of the river, or find a slow seam and go to town. Don’t sleep on the streamer fishing, as the bigger fish are looking to fatten up before the temps fall too low. A Sculpin Sparkle minnow or a Kreelix will work well up here all day. If you decide to add some numbers to your day, work a PT Jig or an SR Bullet Olive. Use as long a dropper as you can handle, and keep them in the zone. The fish are hungry, plentiful and healthy!
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July Hatches

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