Fishing report 11/1

Fishing report 11/1

Bitterroot

Regardless of the fluctuating flows the Root has been good. Look for a few hour window in the afternoon for some dry fly action including BWO, Mahogany and October Caddis. While this can be a great time of year for dry flies, the nymph rig will typically yield more fish. However for a lot of us who have been throwing dries all summer long and knowing that we can catch fish on nymphs all winter long, we love the fall months for the streamer fishing. You may not be reeling in 50+ fish a day but catching a handful of 20+ fish can be much more rewarding.

Blackfoot

The Foot is starting to slow down on the dry flies but the streamer fishing has been spectacular up here. While some fisherman see the rising water levels as a negative impact from a fishing standpoint it can actually be the exact opposite. Think of it this way, the fish are actively feeding and getting ready for the long winter months. When the water is rising it is displacing the smaller fish from their normal holding water and as the smaller fish scramble to find a new holding area it will also make them more vulnerable to bigger fish. Some of the best streamer fishing I have ever seen in my life fishing the Blackfoot has come on rising water in November. Did I mention you will most likely have the river all to your self?

Clark Fork 

 

The Clark is a great opportunity this time of year. The lower end has been giving us some good dry fly action in the afternoon and the upper end has been some of the best streamer fishing out of all the rivers. You will have success from Warm Springs all the way down to the lower river. BWO, Mahogonys and October caddis will be on the menu for dry flies. For streamers throwing a white or flashy color first then followed by brown/yellow and if those don’t get a look then look to the darker colors like dark olive and black.

Rock Creek

The dry fly fishing has tapered off a bit but like the other rivers you will get a decent afternoon window of dry fly action with October Caddis or smaller mayfly attractor patterns like the Parachute P-Tail, Purple haze and Parachute adams. Nymphing with a Stonefly nymph trailing a smaller bug off the back is the way to go. If you are struggling to catch fish nymphing then try trailing a worm or egg off the back. Streamer fishing up here this time of year can produce outstanding numbers and a few quality fish.

Fishing Report 9/1

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Bitterroot

The fishing has really improved this week with the cold nights and lower day temps. Hopper dropper has still been the main game through out the day. The Tricos are in full force as well and you will find fish keying in on them mid morning. Next on the chopping block will be Mahogany’s and Hecubas  coming with the cold front that is set to hit later this week and early next week.

Blackfoot

The Foot is back to more comfortable water temps and will continue to drop with the colder weather heading our way. The hopper dropper rig has been the go to as of now. We have been seeing plenty of October Caddis pupas moving towards the bank. Nymphing the October Caddis Pupae before the adults start popping can be very effective. The adults will follow shortly. Streamer fishing has picked up in a big way this week as well.

Clark Fork 

Hoot Owl Restrictions. Flint Creek to the mouth of Warm Springs Creek near Warm Springs.

The Clark is becoming a great option with Tricos on the lower river mid morning. The upper stretches has been more productive on the hopper dropper. Soon to come will be October Caddis, Mahoganys and sporadic Hecubas.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is a great option right now as it is running a little cooler then the rest of the bigger rivers. Atractor patterns such as Purple Haze, Parachute Adams and Royal Wullfs should be good through out the day. Hopper dropper rigs will also get fish moving. Soon to come will be the October Caddis which is a very popular bug for the fish on Rock Creek.

Fishing Report 8/14

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.

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Bitterroot

Hoot Owl restrictions lifted

The fishing on the Root has been productive throughout the day. PMD and Trico hatches in the morning and switching to hopper dropper later in the morning has been our tactic of choice. Sallies and Golden Stones have been kicking around as well. The upper stretches stay a bit cooler and is a wise choice to fish higher up.

Blackfoot

Hoot Owl restrictions lifted

The Spruce Moth hatch has started and the fish are looking up for them. This hatch is one of our favorites to fish all year long. Fishing light colored Caddis in size 10 and 12 with the hackle cut down on the bottom so it rides lower in the water like a Moth. The hopper fishing has been very productive if the Spruce doesn’t do the trick.

Clark Fork 

Hoot Owl Restrictions. Closed from 2 PM to Midnight from the mouth of Warm Springs Creek near Warm Springs to Rock Creek.

The Clark has been fishing its best early mornings. In the mornings, toss out PMD emergers and cripples followed by a spinner later in the morning. Look for Tricos in the morning also as they have started to show up. Later in the morning is going to be mainly a hopper game or spruce moth.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is a great option right now as it is running a little cooler then the rest of the bigger water is. Make sure you have some Spruce Moths in your box as the fish tend to go crazy on these bugs up there. Hoppers and Sallies will work as well. attractor patterns such as Purple Haze, Parachute Adams and Royal Wulffs will do the trick as well.

Fishing Report 8/1

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.

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Bitterroot

Hoot Owl Restrictions. Closed from 2 PM to Midnight
Bitterroot River from Tucker Crossing FAS near Victor to the confluence with the Clark

The fishing on the Root has been productive throughout the day. PMD and Trico hatches in the morning and switching to hopper dropper later in the morning has been our tactic of choice. Sallies and Golden Stones have been kicking around as well. The upper stretches stay a bit cooler and is a wise choice to fish higher up.

Blackfoot

Hoot Owl Restrictions. Closed from 2 PM to Midnight on the entire river including the North Fork.

The Spruce Moth hatch has started and the fish are looking up for them. This hatch is one of our favorites to fish all year long. Fishing light colored Caddis in size 10 and 12 with the hackle cut down on the bottom so it rides lower in the water like a Moth. The hopper fishing has been very productive if the Spruce doesn’t do the trick.

Clark Fork 

Hoot Owl Restrictions. Closed from 2 PM to Midnight from the mouth of Warm Springs Creek near Warm Springs to Rock Creek.

The Clark has been fishing its best early mornings. In the mornings, toss out PMD emergers and cripples followed by a spinner later in the morning. Look for Tricos in the morning also as they have started to show up. Later in the morning is going to be mainly a hopper game or spruce moth.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is a great option right now as it is running a little cooler then the rest of the bigger water is. Make sure you have some Spruce Moths in your box as the fish tend to go crazy on these bugs up there. Hoppers and Sallies will work as well. attractor patterns such as Purple Haze, Parachute Adams and Royal Wulffs will do the trick as well.

Fishing Report 8/1

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.

Report

Bitterroot

Hoot Owl Restrictions. Closed from 2 PM to Midnight
Bitterroot River from Tucker Crossing FAS near Victor to the confluence with the Clark

The fishing on the Root has been productive throughout the day. PMD and Trico hatches in the morning and switching to hopper dropper later in the morning has been our tactic of choice. Sallies and Golden Stones have been kicking around as well. The upper stretches stay a bit cooler and is a wise choice to fish higher up.

Blackfoot

Hoot Owl Restrictions. Closed from 2 PM to Midnight on the entire river including the North Fork.

The Spruce Moth hatch has started and the fish are looking up for them. This hatch is one of our favorites to fish all year long. Fishing light colored Caddis in size 10 and 12 with the hackle cut down on the bottom so it rides lower in the water like a Moth. The hopper fishing has been very productive if the Spruce doesn’t do the trick.

Clark Fork 

Hoot Owl Restrictions. Closed from 2 PM to Midnight from the mouth of Warm Springs Creek near Warm Springs to Rock Creek.

The Clark has been fishing its best early mornings. In the mornings, toss out PMD emergers and cripples followed by a spinner later in the morning. Look for Tricos in the morning also as they have started to show up. Later in the morning is going to be mainly a hopper game or spruce moth.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek is a great option right now as it is running a little cooler then the rest of the bigger water is. Make sure you have some Spruce Moths in your box as the fish tend to go crazy on these bugs up there. Hoppers and Sallies will work as well. attractor patterns such as Purple Haze, Parachute Adams and Royal Wulffs will do the trick as well.