Missoula Fly Fishing Report 9/25

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot has been fishing great lately with the cloud cover. The dry fly fishing has been spectacular with a smorgasbord board of Mayflies to eat. Get out in the next few days as the forecast calls for a quick cold front to move in. As the weather cools over the weekend, focus on subsurface fishing with nymphs and streamers. The extended forecast is calling for a warm up after this weekend which should turn the afternoon dry fly delight back on. For dries the BWO and Mahogany have been the go to bugs for us.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot will be majorly effected if you are a dry fly fisherman by the upcoming cold front that appears to be moving in over the weekend. For the streamer fisherman, the forecast is a happy site. The cooling temps should start off a nice water temp for the start of October which is one of our favorite times to strip streamers on the Blackfoot. The nymphing should stay consistent throughout the next month. Streamers we have been throwing lately are the Dirty Hippie, Articulated Kreelex, Baby Gonga, Sparkle Minnow and Carlsons Gulpin Sculpin.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork like the rest of the rivers dry fly fishing will be affected this weekend as a cold front rolls through but should kick back into gear once the cold front rolls out and the dry fly fishing should continue to be a good option. Focus on subsurface fishing during the cold front like streamers or nymphing. October is a great month to fish the Clark Fork so be ready for continued dry fly fishing after the cold front moves out. BWO’s and Mahoganies have been the go to for dry fly fishing with a few October Caddis kicking around.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek  has been fishing great as of late and should continue to produce through the Fall. One of the best options for fall fishing as streamer fishing continues to get better and still some solid dry fly afternoons. Of course if you want numbers then nymphing will be the tactic to stick with. Hatches right now include Mahoganies, BWO and October Caddis.

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Missoula Fly Fishing Report 9/11

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot has dealt with heavy rain as of late which bumped the flows up. Fishing was a bit slow as the water came up but continued to fish well once flows leveled out. This September should be a great month to fish with cool cloudy weather in the forecast. We have been seeing Hecubas, Mahogany and BWO’s on the cloudy days and fish are taking notice. If you are lucky enough to get out on an overcast day then focus on flies like the Olive Parachute Hare’s Ear, Hecuba Cripple, Brindle Chute, Hi-Vis BWO Spinner, BWO Dun or Mayfly attractor patterns such as Parachute Adams and Purple Haze. Hopper dropper mid day for the sunny days and Trico Spinners.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot flows bumped with the recent rain which made the river a bit off color, however the flows have stabilized and should clear up in the coming days. The Blackfoot should continue to fish well after this surge of water. The streamer fishing is starting to pick up, the dry fly fishing has been decent with hoppers and a few October Caddis starting to kick around. For fly patterns try the Morrish Hopper, Plan B, Water Walker and Chubby Chernobyl and your favorite October Caddis Pattern. If you run into a mid day lull then tie on a dropper like G-Kes, Pheasant Tail Hot Spot Jig, P-Tail Flashback Jig, Perds and Jig Hare’s Ear.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork like the rest of the rivers in Missoula bumped in flow due to heavy rain which created some murky water. The flows have leveled off and the clarity should improve in the next few days. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Tricos, Hecubas, Mahoganys, October Caddis and some decent hopper action is on the menu right now. Some of the best fishing in Missoula can be found on the Clark Fork this time of year. For flies try Trico Hi-Vis, Brindlechute, Hecuba Cripple, Last Chance Cripples have been working well. Bigger bugs like the Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater will also continue to produce throughout September. Droppers include G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek  The hopper fishing is producing some great fishing and October Caddis have started to show up. Streamer fishing has been great lately. Most days there is no need to go subsurface unless you want to. Dries all day long is the game right now. The creek will get better and better as the temps drop.

Missoula Fly Fishing Report 8/30

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot  is a great option this time of year as the night time temperatures cool down the water. It appears that we have one more week of warm weather and hopefully it will cool down to average September temps after this week. The dry fly fishing has been pretty consistent as of late with Tricos in the morning and hoppers in the afternoon. We have been seeing Hecubas and BWO’s on the cloudy days and fish are taking notice. If you are lucky enough to get out on an overcast day then focus on flies like the Olive Parachute Hare’s Ear, Hecuba Cripple, Brindle Chute, Hi-Vis BWO Spinner, BWO Dun or Mayfly attractor patterns such as Parachute Adams and Purple Haze. Hopper dropper mid day for the sunny days and Trico Spinners.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot water temps have cooled down a bit and the fishing is improving as the temps cool off. Still mostly a terrestrial game right now. Focus on Hoppers, Ants and Beetles. The streamer fishing is also starting to pick up. For fly patterns try the Morrish Hopper, Plan B, Water Walker and Chubby Chernobyl. If you run into a mid day lull then tie on a dropper like G-Kes, Pheasant Tail Hot Spot Jig, P-Tail Flashback Jig, Perds and Jig Hare’s Ear.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork has been fishing good from the top to the bottom and should continue to get better and better as night time temps start to cool for the remainder of the season. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Tricos, Hecubas, and some decent hopper action is on the menu right now. Some of the best fishing in Missoula can be found on the Clark Fork this time of year. For flies most of your PMD and more so tricos as of late will work along with bigger bugs like the Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater. Droppers include G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area for wading. The hopper fishing is producing some great fishing. Most days there is no need to go subsurface unless you want to. Dries all day long is the game right now. The creek will get better and better as the temps drop.

MISSOULA FLY FISHING REPORT 8/20

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot is a great option right now and the dry fly fishing has been good. The water temperature is still fairly warm so focus on the first half of the day. We have been seeing plenty of PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Tricos and the hopper fishing is in full swing too. If you come across a mid day lull then the dry dropper rig will keep you busy. Our go to droppers right now are the G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s. For Dries we have been running Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot water temps have cooled down after the last cold front and is a solid option right now. The spruce moths have been tapering off lately with the cold fronts that have moved through. It’s terrestrial time on the Blackfoot so focus on Hoppers, ants,beetles and your go to attractor pattenrs. Flies to try include the Ant-Acid, Water Walkers, Plan B’s, Water Walkers, Flush Floaters, Mill Creek, Super G for dries and for droppers try Perd’s, Ptail Soft Spots, G-Kes, Jiggin Stones and Jig Pheasant Tails.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork has been fishing good from the top to the bottom and should continue to get better and better as night time temps start to cool for the remainder of the season. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Tricos, and some decent hopper action is on the menu right now. Some of the best fishing in Missoula can be found on the Clark Fork this time of year. For flies most of your PMD and more so tricos as of late will work along with bigger bugs like the Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater.Droppers include G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area for wading. Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies have been our go to and the hopper fishing is producing some great fish too. Most days there is no need to go subsurface unless you want to. Dries all day long is the game right now.

Missoula Fly Fishing Report 8/5

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot is a great option right now and the dry fly fishing has been good. We have been seeing plenty of PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Tricos and the hopper fishing is in full swing too. If you come across a mid day lull then the dry dropper rig will keep you busy. Our go to droppers right now are the G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s. For Dries we have been running Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot is warming up but still fishing good throughout the morning and early afternoon. The spruce moths have been around for the last week or so but not in any numbers until this week. We have been seeing lots of moths which will keep the fish busy for the next few weeks. It’s terrestrial time on the Blackfoot so focus on Hoppers, Moths, ants and beetles. Flies to try include the Mangler Moth, Fathead Moth, Ant-Acid, Water Walkers, Plan B’s, Flush Floaters, Mill Creek, Super G for dries and for droppers try Perd’s, Ptail Soft Spots, G-Kes, Jiggin Stones and Jig Pheasant Tails.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork has been fishing good from the top to the bottom. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Tricos, Spruce Moths and some decent hopper action is on the menu right now. Some of the best fishing in Missoula can be found on the Clark Fork this time of year. For flies most of your PMD patterns will work along with bigger bugs like the Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater, Mangler Moth, Fathead Moth. Droppers include G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area for wading. Spruce Moths, Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies have been our go to and the hopper fishing is producing some great fish too. Most days there is no need to go subsurface unless you want to. Dries all day long is the game right now.

Here is a few tips for protecting our fish with the warmer water temps that we have seen lately:

Limit the amount of handling time. Take the hook out and put the fish back in the water asap.

Use heavier tippet so you are not fighting the fish for a prolonged period of time.  3x and 4x is just fine this time of year.

Be diligent later in the day when water warms up.

Explore the high mountain creeks and springs where the water is much cooler and fish are much happier.

Missoula Fly Fishing Report 7/29

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot is a great option right now and the dry fly fishing has been good. We have been seeing plenty of PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and the hopper fishing is in full swing too. If you come across a mid day lull then the dry dropper rig will keep you busy. Our go to droppers right now are the G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s. For Dries we have been running Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot is warming up but still fishing good throughout the morning and early afternoon. The spruce moths have been around for the last week or so but not in any numbers until this week. We have been seeing lots of moths the last few days and this should keep the fish busy for the next few weeks. It’s terrestrial time on the Blackfoot so focus on Hoppers, Moths, ants and beetles. Flies to try include the Mangler Moth, Fathead Moth, Ant-Acid, Water Walkers, Plan B’s, Flush Floaters, Mill Creek, Super G for dries and for droppers try Perd’s, Ptail Soft Spots, G-Kes, Jiggin Stones and Jig Pheasant Tails.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork has been fishing good from the top to the bottom. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Spruce Moths and some decent hopper action is on the menu right now. Some of the best fishing in Missoula can be found on the Clark Fork this time of year. For flies most of your PMD patterns will work along with bigger bugs like the Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater, Mangler Moth, Fathead Moth. Droppers include G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area for wading. Spruce Moths, Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies have been our go to and the hopper fishing is producing some great fish too. Most days there is no need to go subsurface unless you want to. Dries all day long is the game right now

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