MISSOULA FLY FISHING REPORT 7/15

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 starting to pick up as well. 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 producing some great fish lately and should continue to fish well throughout the month. There are still a few Salmon Flies up top but the fish are more keyed in on the Golden Stones and hoppers then anything. Streamer fishing has continued to produce well if you like chucking the big bugs. Flies to try include 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 great from top to bottom. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s 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. 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 fish are starting to look up for hoppers 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 7/7

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 and Green Drakes in the clouds and Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies in the sun. 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 producing some great fish lately and should continue to fish well throughout the month. There are still a few Salmon Flies up top but the fish are more keyed in on the Golden Stones then anything. Streamer fishing has continued to produce well if you like chucking the big bugs. Flies to try include 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 great from top to bottom. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies in the sun and PMD’s and Green Drakes in the clouds has been the main game 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 Green Drake patterns will do in the clouds and in the sun we have been running 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 in the sun and Green Drakes in the clouds. 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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Missoula Fly Fishing Report 6/22

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot has improved a lot over the last week and is fishing well. Few Salmon flies up top but Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies in the sun and PMD’s and especially Green Drakes in the clouds. Most of our reports have been on the upper stretches although the mid section is fishing decent as well. For dries try Demoes Golden, Morningwood Golden, Double Dutch Bug, Carnage Green Drake, Comparadun PMD and the Film Critic. For nymphs try the G-Kes, Jiggin Stone, Yellow Resin Wing, Pilva or many of the other 200 different styles of Jig Nymphs we in stock.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot is dropping and in great shape. There has been bugs all over including Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes. This is a great time of year to hit the Blackfoot and should keep you busy with dry flies action all day. The Salmon Flies are on the mid to upper stretches and Golden stones everywhere. With the clouds this week, be ready for some great Green Drake hatches. Our dries of choice the last few days have been the Super G, Rastaman, PK Stones, Bullethead Salmon Flies and Golden. The streamer fishing has been great too if you are into throwing big flies. If 
the dry fly fishing slows midday then throw on droppers off the dry like G-Kes, cream ptail jig, Jiggin Stones, Hot Pheasant Jig, Bullets, Pats Rubber Legs and DB Stones.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork is also coming into good shape and plenty of bugs to keep you and the fish busy all day. We have been seeing some Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and many Green Drakes in the clouds. Another great option around Missoula and should continue to fish well here on out. Streamer fishing and nymphing is also a great option but we have been busy on dries all day long. When the dry fly fishing slows midday then throw on droppers off the dry like G-Kes, cream ptail jig, Jiggin Stones, Hot Pheasant Jig, Bullets, Pats Rubber Legs and DB Stones.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area for wading or floating if you are a confident rower. Salmon Flies are all over the upper creek and Golden Stones showing up as well throughout the creek. Green Drakes have been great on the cloudy days. Most days there is no need to go subsurface unless you want to. Dries all day long is the game, Stones in the sun and Green Drakes in the clouds.

Missoula Fly Fishing Report 6/14

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot has been rising a bit the last few weeks with the warmer temps. The Bitterroot should fish better and better every day as the water continues to warm up and flows steady out. There are Salmon Flies moving on the upper along with some Green Drakes and Sallies but the nymph and streamer game will be your best technique up here right now. Focus on Salmon Flies and Golden Stone Dries up and Green Drakes in the clouds. Nymph patterns to try are be DB Stone, Pats Rubber Legs, G-Kes Jig, Jiggin Stones, Jig Prince Nymph, Hot Pheasant Jig and the good ole worm.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot is dropping and in great shape. There has been bugs all over including Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes. This is a great time of year to hit the Blackfoot and should keep you busy with dry flies action all day. Our dries of choice the last few days have been the Super G, Rastaman, PK Stones, Bullethead Salmon Flies and Golden. The streamer fishing has been great too if you are into throwing big flies. If
the dry fly fishing slows midday then throw on droppers off the dry like G-Kes, cream ptail jig, Jiggin Stones, Hot Pheasant Jig, Bullets, Pats Rubber Legs and DB Stones.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork is also coming into good shape and plenty of bugs to keep you and the fish busy all day. We have been seeing plenty of Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and a few Green Drakes in the clouds. Another great option around Missoula and should continue to fish well here on out. Streamer fishing and nymphing is also a great option but we have been busy on dries all day long. When the dry fly fishing slows midday then throw on droppers off the dry like G-Kes, cream ptail jig, Jiggin Stones, Hot Pheasant Jig, Bullets, Pats Rubber Legs and DB Stones.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area for wading or floating if you are a confident rower. Salmon Flies are all over the upper creek and Golden Stones showing up as well throughout the creek. Most days there is no need to go subsurface unless you want to. Dries all day long is the game, Stones in the sun and Green Drakes in the clouds.

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Missoula Fly Fishing Report 6/10

It’s June, which means it’s time for Salmon Flies!

Check out our newest blog that talks about tips and techniques when fishing the Salmon fly Hatch in Western Montana.

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot has been dropping like a rock for the last week or so and is definitely an option right now. The Bitterroot should fish better and better every day as the water continues to drop and warm up with the weather forecast looking like warmer days ahead of us. There are a few Salmon Flies moving on the upper along with some Green Drakes and Sallies but the nymph and streamer game will be your best technique up here right now. Focus on Stonefly nymphs as many of them are waiting for some warmer temps to fly which means they are migrating to the banks and become more susceptible to fish. Nymph patterns to try are be DB Stone, Pats Rubber Legs, G-Kes Jig, Jiggin Stones, Jig Prince Nymph, Hot Pheasant Jig and the good ole worm.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot is big but you could do worse as far as clarity is concerned. The river continues to drop and conditions improve every day. Salmon Flies have just started showing up on the lower river. We have had a few good days up here this last week focusing on streamers tight to the bank and heavy stone fly nymph rigs on the soft edges of the inside seems. Yuk bug, Pats, Bitch Creek, DB Stones, Jiggin Stones, Hot Pheasant Jig and worms are the nymphs of choice up here right now. Dry fly fishing should continue to improve on the lower end later this week.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork is surprisingly clearing up fairly quick and while not your best option around Missoula, it is definitely not a waste of time. We fished it just to bring you a report and pulled a few nice fish out nymphing inside seems and a few bonus fish on Salmon Flies(yes there is adults on the Clark Fork and they are starting to look up for them). If you do decide to try the Clark Fork, then cover every inch of the soft inside seems. We believe it should continue to clear up and the dry fly fishing should really pick up towards the end of the week. Although you can find many better places to fish around Missoula right now, it’s still a fun challange to go out in less then ideal conditions and catch fish.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area. Salmon Flies have been out mid river and fish are eating them. The last few cold days slowed the advance of the hatch upstream but the bugs will continue their journey upstream followed by golden stones. Our go to stone patterns are the PK, Damiens SUV, Super Gee, Rastaman, 64 Impala and the good old Orange Stimulator. For nymphs try Pats Rubber Legs, G-Kes Jig, Hot Pheasant Jigs, Jiggin Stone and Hard bodies. Don’t hesitate to tight line(no indicator) a stonefly nymph early in the day before the dry fly action starts.

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Missoula Fly Fishing Report 6/4

It’s June, which means it’s time for Salmon Flies!

Check out our newest blog that talks about tips and techniques when fishing the Salmon fly Hatch in Western Montana.

https://www.missoulianangler.com/2019/05/salmon-flies-the-big-start-to-missoulas-summer/

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot has bumped back up in flows after a few heavy rain showers followed by a series of warm days. Fishable? yes but there are plenty of other options like small tributaries that will offer better conditions. If you do head to the Bitterroot then focus on nymphing inside seems, edges, side channels or any other soft water you can find.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot is big but you could do worse as far as clarity is concerned. Steadily dropping over the last week even with warm conditions and color is turning green. We have had a few good days up here this last week focusing on streamers tight to the bank and heavy stone fly nymph rigs on the soft edges of the inside seems. Yuk bug, Pats, Bitch Creek, DB Stones and worms are the nymphs of choice up here right now.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork along with most of the streams has been affected by heavy rain and a few warm days, making this one of your last options around Missoula. If you to decide to hit the Clark Fork then focus on where tributaries dump in creating clear seems.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area. Salmon Flies have been out on the lower end and fish are eating them. The bugs continue their journey upstream followed by golden stones. Our go to stone patterns are the PK, Damiens SUV, Super Gee, Rastaman, 64 Impala and the good old Orange Stimulator. Don’t hesitate to tight line(no indicator) a stonefly nymph early in the day before the dry fly action starts. Nymphs include DB Stone, Pats, Yuk Bug, Bitch Creek or one of the hundreds of jig patterns that we carry!

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