Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

June 7th

Rock Creek Salmonfly

“Salmonfly Love on Rock Creek”

Hot Hot weather in the forecast for Western Montana. It will pair perfectly with the fantastic fishing we are having around the Missoula area.

Clark Fork and Blackfoot: These two rivers are still dirty. The upper Clark is brown and the Blackfoot is considerably off color. As run off subsides, they will come into shape quickly. Just need the visibility and they will fish great.

Bitterroot: The East and West forks are fishing well. The west fork is full of Salmonflies. Not much more to say about it than that. The Upper root is also fishing very well. The water is still big in there so if you plan on wading or putting a boat on it make sure you are careful and use your head. This is the time of year when you dont have much time to move you boat. So keep you head on a swivel and your net ready!

Rock Creek: Anyone who says that the Salmonfly hatch is over on Rock Creek, hasn’t been on Rock Creek. Or maybe doesn’t know what a Salmonfly actually looks like? The massive upstream flights 100 yards above the river of Salmonflies have just begun. Yesterday the pure number of bugs on the middle river was impressive. The ovipositing females were putting on a show and the trout were taking notice. Take it for what it’s worth, but I think we had over 200 fish eat our flies yesterday. Bugs, trout, green hillsides, and beautiful weather. The Rock Creek Salmonfly hatch is one fire. If you have heard other wise… Check your sources.

The Last of run off should be coming down the hills right now. The rivers will shape up perfectly here very soon and the fishing will be fantastic.

-The MAngler

#Missoulianangler

Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

June 3rd 

The Clark Fork is high and muddy. The Blackfoot is muddy. The Lower Bitterroot is Big. It is raining everyday. It’s June, big water time of year. All of that being said you have lots of options if you want to get on some moving water and catch trout. This time of year is also an awesome time to looks for bass, pike, small mouth, and other lake dwelling fish. If you have never caught a pike on the fly, forget the trout for a weekend and go get one! 

If you have to get your trout fix… Rock Creek, The Upper Bitterroot, and the Local Tribs are your best options. All of the above have Salmon Flies right now. The Bugs have made their way all the way up Rock Creek. The dry fly fishing has been nothing short of amazing on the sunny days. Maybe the only time during the season when a guide says “We caught one on every cast”, they aren’t lying. The fly doesn’t seem to matter. Just put it close and let it drift. Or throw it out in the middle and drag it. Or fish the mid river riffles. Or… You get the picture. It’s on and they want it.

If you can do something other than trout, It’s the perfect time of year to expand your horizons. If you need help finding something new stop by and we will pull of the maps and the wire leaders. 

The only one stop fly shop in Missoula. 

-The MAngler

#Becauseyoufish

 

Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fly Fishing Report 

May 28th 

The rivers have been up and down with the rain. This is our rainy season and the rivers will swell with any decent amount of precipitation. As we have said before, while this may put the fishing off for a day or two now, it will pay off later in the summer. 

Rock Creek: The Salmon flies have made it all the way up to The Micro-burst. The streamer fishing has been productive in the morning and around lunch time the dry fly fishing is taking off. They are eating the bigger flies down lower and the low-pro stuff in the middle river. With the bumps in flows Rock Creek is your best option for fishing around Missoula today. 

Don’t forget about all of the Tribs. As a whole they are fishing very well right now!

-The MAngler

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Missoula Fishing Report May 26th

Missoula Fishing Report

May 26th

The Main rivers around Missoula are still running high from our spring run off. That is a good thing. The longer the rivers are high the longer the trout will have cold water during the summer. Even though they are running high you still have some great fishing options. The main Blackfoot has been fishing well as well as Rock Creek. 

The Blackfoot: The dry fly fishing has been off and on. They will eat the big bug some days and some days they won’t. On the days they won’t the nymphing has been very productive. A big dark stone fly nymph has been the answer for stubborn trout. Streamer fishing has also been decent to good. Smaller patterns that look like little trout have been putting bigger trout in the net. Salmon flies will be here soon. Be ready when that happens, the fishing will be fantastic. 

Rock Creek: The bugs have made it as far a Welcome Creek (14 miles up the creek). The warm sunny days will move the bugs up river quickly. By the end of the week I would bet they will be up to the forks. They are eating the smaller, less aggressive Salmon fly patterns very well. Once the hatch is full strength they will eat the big high riding patterns. For now think “Low Pro”.  

The Creeks: Most of the local creeks are fishing very well. Lots of trout to be caught on the smaller water this time of year. Don’t be afraid to get out and explore something you have never fished before. You will be surprised by what you can find out there. The fishing in the tribs will eat Dries, Nymphs and Streamers right now. So go and get em!

This Late Spring/ Early Summer has been fantastic. If you are interested in getting out with a guide the first two weeks of June will be fantastic. Book your Missoula Montana Fly Fishing Trip Today!

-The MAngler

#Becauseyoufish

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Missoula Fishing Report Friday May 15th

Missoula Fishing Report

Montana Creek Opener 5/16/2015

Missoula Fishing Report for: The third Saturday in May. What a wonderful day to be an angler. They tributaries and creeks open across the Beautiful state of Montana. During a normal water year this mean that we can finally find a smaller creek to get out on with clear water and a chance to throw dry flies. This year it won’t be that much of an issue. While the main stems of all the local rivers are somewhat in shape, the creeks are always a great excuse to get out and explore a piece of water that you have never seen before. Little water, Beautiful fish, awesome scenery, and sometimes surprisingly big fish too!

The fish on the creeks won’t be picky. If it floats, most likely they will eat it. Any foamy Stonefly will certainly get looks. The old tried and true Mayfly patterns will also produce fish. The Para-Adams, The Haze, The Hare’s ear. They will all bring fish up on the little creeks. If you want to fish nymphs, don’t get too techy. The Rubber legs, a prince, and a copper john will be about all you need. 

So while the main rivers are still big from snow melt rest assured that the tribs are a great option. So get out and explore some new water!

-The MAngler

#Missoulianangler

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Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

May 13th

Salmonfly

 

 

Well the rumors are true. The Salmonflies are hatching on all of our local rivers. While some people have been worried that this is too early and spells disaster for the rest of the season, have no fear. The bugs are actually only a bit ahead of schedule. In reality they bugs normally show up in the middle of May, however, during regular water years the rivers are just too high to even think about fishing.

Now as I am writing this there is a torrential downpour going on in Missoula. The forecast for the next seven days has rain in it everyday.  This will certainly push more water into the systems, and slow down the bugs. But that’s okay, everyday of rain we get in May and June is more water for the rivers and the fish. Bring on the rain.

As for the fishing… It was a game of what would the fish NOT eat? They were cart wheeling for the bug. The past few days have been the days you dream about. Just put it in a fishy looking spot and it got crushed. Really, that’s all there is to say. Who knows how long the rivers will hold before the rain blows them out, Get out while you can! Most likely this will be a short glimpse of the big bug, but why not enjoy it right now!

-The MAngler

#Missoulianangler