Fishing Report 8/27

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.

Bitterroot

The Bitterroot has been producing plenty of fish lately. The upper Bitterroot is some of the coldest water around Missoula as far as the big three rivers are concerned and it is showing some very active fish right now. For wade fishing, focus on the West and East fork. Hopper dropper has been the go to rig, also PMDs and the Trico fall mid morning.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot has cooled down with these longer nights and is starting to produce more and more fish which will continue into September. It’s that time of year when terrestrials take over. The Hopper dropper rig has been our go to but Ants, Beetles, Yellow Sallies and Golden Stones have been producing as well.

Clark Fork

The Clark Fork below town has been giving up some spectacular Trico fishing mid morning. After the Trico hatch has subsided, switch to your favorite hopper dropper rig or a sneaky terrestrial like an Ant or Beetle. Focus on bigger flies on the upper end above town. We are starting to see much more active fish throughout the day with the cooler water temperature.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek has been producing plenty of fish lately and should continue to get better throughout September. Hopper dropper is the main rig up here right now but don’t hesitate to down size to a Parachute pattern such as the Parachute Adams or Purple Haze. The streamer fishing has picked up with the cooler water as well.

Fishing Report 8/4

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.

Bitterroot
Hoot Owl Restrictions: Veteran’s Bridge, downstream to confluence with Clark Fork (~55 miles)

The Bitterroot has been producing plenty of fish lately. The upper Bitterroot is some of the coldest water around Missoula as far as the big three rivers are concerned and it is showing some very active fish right now. For wade fishing, focus on the West and East fork. Hopper dropper has been the go to rig, also PMDs Spruce Moths and some Golden Stones are still kicking around.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot is running a little warmer then we like but we have been on the water by 6am and fishing has been great. It’s that time of year when terrestrials take over. Spruce Moths have been the main game up here but Hoppers, Ants, Beetles, Yellow Sallies and Golden Stones have been producing as well. Get out there early and let the fish take a siesta in the afternoon.

Clark Fork

Hoot owl restrictions: The restriction would not allow fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight on the Clark Fork River from its origins at Warms Springs Creek to Rock Creek near Missoula, and on Silver Bow Creek from its confluence with Blacktail Creek in Butte to where it enters Warm Springs ponds.

The Clark Fork has been producing great in the mornings with terrestrials such as Hoppers, Spruce Moths, Ants and Beetles. We have also seen some great PMD hatches that have kept us busy in the morning. PLEASE keep a close eye on the upper river water temperatures before heading up there. It topped out at 76 degrees this week which is way to hot to be fishing in that kind of water. The lower river has much cooler temperatures but is still getting up there in the afternoon, so in early and out early on this one as well.

Rock Creek

If you are looking for cooler water then this is your spot. However the road on the lower end all the way up to 14 mile marker is closed to traffic from fire danger so plan on driving up through the upper end of the creek for access. Spruce Moths have hit at full force and should be your go to bug in the morning. If the Moth fails you then look for a Hopper dropper rig, Golden Stones, Ants, Beetles and PMDs.

Fishing Report 7/3

Bitterroot

The Bitterroot is one of the most consistent dry fly options right now.  The middle to upper sections have been the best option but the lower has been good and should continue to get better and better in the upcoming week. The hatches right now include Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Green Drakes and Caddis in the evenings. Our go to rig has been a Golden Stone with smaller nymphs tied on the jig hook as your dropper.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot is fishing great right now. Throwing dries all day has been very productive. Drop a smaller jig nymph off the back and double your chances. There’s still a few Salmon Flies kicking around but the main hatches right now Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Green Drakes and Caddis in the evenings. Streamer fishing has been very productive as well. Mornings and late evenings have been great but mid day is still fishing good.

Clark Fork

The Clark fork from top to bottom is now a great option. The evening Caddis has been spectacular and a Jig Hares Ear for the Caddis Pupa mid afternoon has been our go to fly. The hatches right now include Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Green Drakes and Caddis in the evenings. Don’t Hesitate to start throwing Hopper droppers or any other terrestrials.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek has continued to fish great. The flows are finally to a point where it is easier to wade fish.  The hatches right now include Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Green Drakes and Caddis in the evenings

FISHING REPORT 7/1

Bitterroot

The Bitterroot is one of the most consistent dry fly options right now.  The middle to upper sections have been the best option but the lower has been good and should continue to get better and better in the upcoming week. The hatches right now include Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Green Drakes and Caddis in the evenings. Our go to rig has been a Golden Stone with smaller nymphs tied on the jig hook as your dropper.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot is fishing great right now. Throwing dries all day has been very productive. Drop a smaller jig nymph of the back and double your chances. There’s still a few Salmon Flies kicking around but the main hatches right now Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Green Drakes and Caddis in the evenings. Streamer fishing has been very productive as well. Mornings and late evenings have been great but mid day is still fishing good.

Clark Fork

The Clark fork from top to bottom is now a great option. The evening Caddis has been spectacular and a Jig Hares Ear for the Caddis Pupa mid afternoon has been our go to fly. The hatches right now include Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Green Drakes and Caddis in the evenings. Don’t Hesitate to start throwing Hopper droppers or any other terrestrials.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek has continued to fish great. The flows are finally to a point where it is easier to wade fish.  The hatches right now include Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Green Drakes and Caddis in the evenings

FISHING REPORT 6/20

Bitterroot

The upper Root isn’t a bad option right now. Flows are high but clarity is  good. Nymphing has been the main game but fish are also starting to look up to Salmon flies, Golden Stones and Green Drakes. The West Fork and East Fork are good options as well.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot is that nice green we love to see and fishing is picking up in a big way up there. Lots of Salmon Flies hatching from mid to Upper river along with a few Golden Stones and Green Drakes.  Flows are high so extend the distance of your float or pull over and nymph the inside bends if you want a full day.

Clark Fork

Most of the Clark is high and muddy. The upper end is at above average flow but it has pretty good visibility and is a decent option at this point. give the middle another week and it should be game on.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is high but good clarity. Salmon Flies are still holding strong on the upper creek and Golden Stones are hatching top to bottom. This is the time we all have been dreaming about for months. The fish are more then willing to eat just about any big orange pattern out there. We have been running single dries from start to finish up there and that has kept us busy all day with willing fish.

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Fishing Report 6/8

Bitterroot

The Root is running high and should stay that way for the next few weeks. Plenty of good tributaries up this way that will fish good. West fork is high but the Salmon Flies are out and fish are eating them.

Blackfoot

The Blackfoot is high and off color. Give it a few weeks and it should turn to that nice green color that we all love to fish. Tributaries up here such as Monture, Clearwater, Gold Creek, ect…. will be good options if you head up this way.

Clark Fork

Most of the Clark is high and muddy. The upper end is at above average flow but it has pretty good visibility and is a decent option at this point.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is high but good clarity. Salmon Flies are out thick from the middle of the Creek all the way up to the top. This is the time we all have been dreaming about for months. The fish are more then willing to eat just about any big orange pattern out there. We have been running single dries from start to finish up there and that has kept us busy all day with willing fish.

Missoulian Anglers 30th Year Anniversary will be Saturday June 24th.

Raffles, giveaways, competitions, Pulled Pork and Beer

Come on down and help us celebrate