FISHING REPORT 6/29

Bitterroot – The Bitterroot is dropping and fishing is improving every day. The mid to upper river is fishing the best right now and is one of your best options to fish in the Missoula area. The dry fly fishing is really kicking into gear with Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes and PMDs.
 

Blackfoot – After another big bump, the Blackfoot is coming back into shape. We have fished both the upper and lower end this week and both ends fished well. On the upper there is still plenty of Salmon Flies and Golden Stones to keep you busy dry fly fishing. The streamer fishing is really improving and we have seen some big fish this week and should continue to get better and better. Looks like all of our rivers around Missoula are finally coming down to decent flows.

 

Clark Fork – There are better options then the Clark. We will keep you posted in the next few weeks.

 

 

Rock Creek – Rock Creek is running high but clarity is good and one of your better options in the area. Salmon flies have passed but the Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes have shown up and the fishing has been good. There is still a lot of water in the creek right now so be careful out there.

FISHING REPORT 6/22

Bitterroot – The rain we have been seeing this last week has all of the rivers running above average. While most of the river is high and off color, the upper section is running high but clarity is much better then the rest of the river. Streamers and nymphs is the main game right now up there.
 

Blackfoot – Look for it to come back in shape next week. For now head to smaller tributaries.

 

Clark Fork – There are better options then the Clark especially after this rain.

 

 

Rock Creek – Rock Creek is running high but clarity is good and one of your better options in the area. Salmon flies have passed but the Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes have shown up and the fishing has been good. There is still a lot of water in the creek right now so be careful out there.

Fishing Report 6/6

Bitterroot – After a huge run-off we are starting to see the water clearing in some areas. The upper Root has been dropping substantially and the fishing is starting to improve. Nymphing stoneflies in the 6-10 range should get you in to fish. PT droppers, San Juans, and Lightning bugs will still get you in to them as well. Streamer fishing should be good in these flows. The West Fork is starting to see adult Salmonflies and some Golden Stones as well as Green Drakes. The water is still high so use caution! If you are Floating, DO NOT launch above Marty’s bridge. There is currently a large downed tree crossing the entire creek.
 

Blackfoot – Dropping fast! The Blackfoot is down to 8000 CFS. Still very big but floating has become an option. Nymphing stoneflies tight against the willows in the softer edges should turn some fish. San Juan, PT’s, Yuk Bugs, Zirdle Bugs would all be good options as well. Throwing a streamer tight to the banks is always fun this time of year as well.

 

Clark Fork – Still running very high. The Upper river may come in to play soon. We will keep an eye on it. The lower river might be the last stretch to come around. The better option in the lower basin would be the various tributaries, which are running clear and fishing well. Some Salmonflies and Goldens have been out and fish have been eating.

 

 

Rock Creek – Its time! The creek has dropped substantially and the big bugs have made the appearance. Choose your patterns in sizes 4-6 range. There are a ton of good options up there. If you aren’t getting takes, size down to a smaller version and you will get em. Green Drakes are starting to pop as well as Golden Stones. The ‘War Zone’ is currently passable but you still need to use extreme caution and scout your line through. The water is still high! Know before you go! Call the shop if you have any questions prior to floating.

 

Fishing Report 4/27

Missoula rivers are high and continuing to rise. Not the end of river fishing, but it does get a lot tougher. Fishing inside seams and any holding water you can find is what you want to focus on. Not ideal conditions, but you can definitely catch fish in dirty water on nymphs and streamers. Be careful if you choose to get out on the rivers.

While river fishing is do-able, it may be time to look outside the box. There are many options to fish during runoff that can be a lot of fun. Stop in the shop and we would be more then happy to point you in the right direction. Check out an alpine lake, or start chasing some different species.  Bass and pike are available in lakes, ponds and rivers, and we can help you find willing fish.

And  if you’re resting your casting arm this time of year, come check out our EXPANDED FLY SELECTION.  We have over 2000 bins filled to the brim with old favorites and brand new killers. If you’re a tyer, use the month of May to stock up for the summer. Our materials selection is newly EXPANDED and FULLY STOCKED.

This is no one’s favorite time of year for fishing. So keep in touch. We’re working on some fun ideas that may make the time go by a little faster during this slow fishing time.

 

FISHING REPORT 4/5

Bitterroot
 After a long winter we are finally seeing fish come to the surface consistently through out  the afternoon. You may not see a lot of Skwalas during the colder cloudy days but believe us, the fish are eating dries especially during the afternoon. Fish slower then usual water such as slow inside seems and slower riffles(walking speed water). Nemouras, March Browns, BWO’s, Midges and Skwalas are all on the menu. The water has been fluctuating with the spring moisture but fishing has remained consistent on the Root and is your best option in the area right now. Look for more and more Skwalas as the temps warm up. Nymphing Stonefly nymphs in that size 10-12 range should keep you busy all day.

Blackfoot
The Blackfoot is cold and off color at this point. Wait for it to at least clear up before spending much time up there right now.

 

Clark Fork

The Clark is a bit off color but is slowly starting to clear up. The lower end has been fishing pretty well as of late and we had some great BWO fishing down there in the last couple days. We’ll see what happens in the next few days with plenty of moisture in the forecast. We have been prospecting with Skwala dries with a dropper and in the cloudy afternoon we have been throwing BWO’s at rising fish. The streamer fishing has been pulling out some great looking browns lately and nymphing of course is your best producer this time of year all day long.

 

Rock Creek

The nymphing and streamer fishing on Rock Creek has been really good so far this year. The dry fly fishing hasn’t been off the hook by any means but the afternoon is producing some dry fly action. Nymphing slower then usual water and dredging streamers slowly will get the fishes attention.

FISHING REPORT 3/17

FISHING REPORT 3/17

Bitterroot
 After a long winter we are finally seeing fish come to the surface consistently through out  the afternoon. We haven’t been seeing many adult Skwalas  around but they have been eating the big dry during the warmer temps of the day. Fish slower then usual water such as slow inside seems and slower riffles(walking speed water). Nemouras, Capnias, BWO’s, Midges and Skwalas are all on the menu. Look for more and more Skwalas as the temps warm up. Nymphing Stonefly nymphs in that size 10-12 range should keep you busy all day.

Blackfoot
The Blackfoot is still a little chilly for great fishing but if you are like many of us at the shop then you may find yourself up here and the only boat on the water. We have floated the lower Foot quite a bit in the last few weeks and you may not be catching 20+ fish in a day but the fish we are catching on the streamers up there has made up for lack of numbers. Nymphing inside bends will produce some numbers if the streamer game isn’t producing for you.

 

Clark Fork

On the lower end we are starting to see some dry fly fishing pick up a bit. The streamer fishing has been very productive and we have seen some big fish eating streamers through out the day. We haven’t seen Skwala adults out on the Clark yet but we have been throwing them anyways in the afternoon and have been seeing a few fish here and there that are interested. Not the dry fly fishing we usually see in the spring on the Clark but it is getting close. Nymphing inside seems will be your most productive tactic.

 

Rock Creek

The nymphing and streamer fishing on Rock Creek has been really good so far this year. Still looking for a jump in water temps to get the dry fly madness popping. Tell then nymphing slower then usual water and dredging streamers slowly will get the fishes attention.