Missoula Fly Fishing Report

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing has remained good throughout the warm water temps. The upper stretches are running cooler than most streams around Missoula while the lower stretches remain warm and should be fished early morning and done by early afternoon. PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Hoppers are all on the menu.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River has been fishing surprisingly well through the heat wave but water temps remain warm and you should focus your fishing in the morning and stop fishing in the afternoon. Dry fly fishing remains good early with Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Hopper patterns. Focus on heavier seems and outside bends where water is moving quicker.
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Clark Fork River


The fly fishing on the Clark Fork River has been decent lately. There is Hoot Owl restrictions above where Rock Creek comes in so you need to stop fishing by 2pm. The stretches below Rock Creek has no restrictions but water temps remain warm in the afternoon so it is smart to stop fishing as if there were hoot owl restrictions river wide. Morning dry fly fishing has been good with PMD’s, Golden Stone, Yellow Sallies and Hoppers. Focus on heavier seems and faster moving water where oxygen levels are highest.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing has been fishing good lately and is running cooler then a lot of our bigger streams. Oxygen levels are highest in the heavy seems and faster water which is where you want to focus your time. Water temps are still fairly high in the afternoon so get on the water early and off early. Hatches include Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s and Hoppers.
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July Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing has been good lately. Bugs have shown up in good numbers and fish are happy. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies in the sun and Green Drakes and PMD’s in the clouds. The Bitterroot has been fishing good on the lower stretches all the way to the top from morning to evening.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River has been great lately with a Salmon Flies on the upper stretches and Golden Stones from top to bottom. We have seen some decent Green Drake and PMD hatches in the cloud and thick Caddis Hatches in the evenings. We’ve been throwing single dries all day long and loving it.
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Clark Fork River


The fly fishing on the Clark Fork River has turned the corner into some great dry fly fishing over the last week. Golden Stones, PMD’s and Green Drakes have been the main game. There has also been some impressive Caddis hatch in the evening. Fishing has been good from morning all the way in to the evening.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing has been good lately. Salmon Flies have tapered off but plenty of Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, PMD’s and Caddis to keep the fish interested in the dry fly. Rock Creek is coming into a great wade fishing level and boats have started to move to the bigger rivers as the flow drops.
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June Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing is improving every day. Still a lot of water and not a ton of bugs yet. There are some Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes and a few PMD’s kicking around. The lower and middle Bitterroot is still a bit slow for dry fly action and the upper end has been producing some good dry fly fishing with Golden Stones and Salmon Flies.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River has been decent lately with good clarity and tons of bugs including Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, PMD’s and Caddis in the evening. We can’t say the dry fly action is great at this point do to the amount of bugs and full fish but metabolism will catch up and the fishing should improve every day. We’ve been picking up a few fish here and there on dries but the dropper and nymph game has been by far the most productive. We have also had some good streamer fishing this week too.
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Clark Fork River


The fly fishing on the Clark Fork River has been decent lately. The clarity is improving every day and the dry fly fishing is picking up. Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, PMD’s and Evening Caddis are all hatching right now. The nymph and streamer fishing has been the most productive but there has been some great dry fly fishing day to day.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing has been great lately with flows dropping to a more wadeable level and still enough water for floating. Salmon Flies on the upper sections and Golden Stones from the top to bottom. Dry fly fishing is the way to go right now but of course nymphing and streamer fishing will be productive too.
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June Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river is starting to clear along the length. It’s NOT clear, but it is fishable in the upper sections. Subsurface is the main game, big nymphs and streamers. The Salmon Flies have been sparsely spotted, but no reports of actual fish eating on the surface. So close we can taste it on the upper section, but don’t expect much till mid to late week.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River is still high and way off color, but it has been dropping for 48 hours and is starting to think about clearing. We think the big water bumps are mostly done, so expect the Blackfoot to be fishing by the weekend. If you’re looking to throw some big streamers to hungry fish, look for the weekend to make a start to summer on the Blackfoot.
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Clark Fork River


The lower section of the lower Clark Fork River is blown, and will be for the foreseeable future. The upper section is fishing in spots, but is still not a great option. Most travelers are making the right at Drummond and heading to Rock Creek. If you go up high, it’s a nymph and streamer game for the most part. Have your Pat’s Rubberlegs in Brown and Black, and a few smaller streamers. If you get all the way to Warm Springs, have your scuds and leeches.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek Flows have been dropping for the last 36 hours. The salmon flies are being seen on the lower river, and a few fish are coming to the surface. The river is still above normal flows, so waders should be very careful as you hit the water. Water temps are dropping and will stay down for the next 4 days, if the weather holds to prediction. Start subsurface with a Peacock Double Bead Stone, Brown Pat’s Rubberlegs or Black/Brown TJ Hooker. Now’s the fun time for Salmon dries, so when the adults hit the water, be ready with a Dancing Ricky, Damien’s SUV or any big, foamy bug with lots of rubberlegs. It’s early in the hatch, big and gaudy move fish to the surface.
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June Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing has been slow lately due to the warming weather and rising water. The Flows have leveled off today but with a few 80 degree days in the next few days, it will continue to increase and make conditions even harder. The higher stretches of the bitterroot will be your best bet for may. Just keep your expectations low!
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River has been slow and should continue its upward trend in flows. Nymphing and streamer fishing in soft inside seems will pull a few fish out here and there but don’t expect much for the month of May.
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing is slow going this time of year. The Clark is always the last to come back in to shape and wont be a viable option for most of May.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek has been been slow but one of your better options during runoff and the month of May. Focus on soft edges with big stonefly nymph patterns and streamers.
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March Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing has been great over the last few days and should continue to fish well. We’ve seen plenty of Skwalas in the sun and March Browns in the clouds. The levels have been fairly level which is always good to see this time of year as they are often fluctuating during warm spells and rain. Fish have moved out of their winter holding water and in to late spring holding water with the warmer water temps. Skwalas, Nemouras, BWO’s and March Browns are all on the menu. At this point in time it appears that we will get at least another week or two before runoff hits.
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River has been decent lately with steady flows and warmer temperature. Still more of a nymph and streamer game this time of year but keep an eye out on cloudy days for BWO’s and March Browns. Keep your focus on slower runs and inside seems for fish stacked up. Deep nymph rigs and streamers is our go to on the Blackfoot this time of year.
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing has been good the last few days now that water has cleared up a bit and flows remain fairly stable. We have had a few great days with Skwalas and March Browns on top. Nymphing will be the most productive and streamer fishing has been good too.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek has been good the last few days with good numbers of Skwalas and March Browns hatching. The afternoon window has been the most productive for dry fly fishing while nymphing and streamer fishing has been solid all day long. We have been hearing good reports from the lower stretches all the way to the top end. Flows have been steady and should continue on that trend as long as we don’t see to much rain or a rapid increase in temperature.
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March Hatches

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