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.

Fishing Report 7/25

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

The fishing on the Root has been productive throughout the day. PMD hatches in the morning and switching to hopper dropper mid day 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 during the mid day heat.

Blackfoot

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 

The Clark has been fishing its best in the mornings and late evenings. In the mornings, toss out PMD emergers and cripples followed by a spinner later in the morning. Mid day is going to be mainly a hopper game or spruce moth. The evening Caddis hatch has also been productive.

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.

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Bitterroot

The Root continues to fish great in the cloudy weather. While you can get them on Goldens and

Hoppers, the main game in the clouds is going to be PMDS especially on the mid to lower river. Fishing

Cripples and Emergers in the morning and fishing Duns then Spinners in the afternoon is your best

strategy. For flies try The Water Walker, Bullethead Golden Stone, True Golden Stones, PK Golden

Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze, Hoppers and your favorite PMD pattern.

 

 

Blackfoot

Whether the day gives you clouds or bright sun, the Foot will rarely disappoint you this time of year. Still

some Salmon Flies kicking around on the upper Foot, however the fish have seemed to key in on

Goldens, Sallies and Hoppers. Don’t hesitate to throw Mayfly attractors in the clouds(Parachute Adams,

Purple Haze, Brindle Chute, etc…). Streamer Fishing can be as good as it gets with these water temps

and the beautiful cloudy weather we have been seeing. For flies try the Water Walker, it is quickly taking

the place of the chubby chernobyl, True Golden Stones, PK Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory

Drake, Purple Haze, big attractors, Hoppers, and your favorite PMD pattern.

 

 

Clark Fork

The cloudy weather has been producing some spectacular days on the Clark. Fishing PMD Cripples and

Emergers in the morning and moving to Duns and Spinners after noon will get the job done. If you are

intimidated by the size of the lower Clark, then days like these is when you want to try to master this

river. The clouds bring out lots of Mayflies which turns the surface into a feeding frenzy. You will see

single fish rising to pods of 20 or more fish feeding in specific spots that will help you dial in where these

fish typically lay. For flies try The Water Walker, Bullethead Golden Stone, True Golden Stones, PK

Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze, Hoppers and your favorite PMD

pattern.

 

 

Rock Creek

The Creek continues to fish good. With the water temps dropping and colder weather moving in, the

fish are as happy as can be. Hoppers and Mayfly attractor patterns are the flies of choice right now.

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Missoula Fishing Report 6/27

Bitterroot

The Root has been giving up some good fishing in the mid to upper stretches. We have been seeing lots of Golden Stones and Sallies with some Green Drakes and PMDs coming off as well. Our rig of choice has been a Golden Stone dry with a nymph dropper in the morning and switching up to straight dries in the afternoon. For flies try The Water Walker, Bullethead Golden Stone, True Golden Stones, PK Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze and your favorite PMD pattern.

Blackfoot

The Foot continues to give up great dry fly fishing through the rain and sun. The Salmonflies can still be found in the upper stretches. Throwing a big Salmon Fly or Golden Stone has been the go to for the mid to upper river. If the big bugs are getting refused, try a smaller Golden or Yellow Sally and Caddis in the evening. Streamer fishing has been pulling out some hogs as well. For flies try the Water Walker, it is quickly taking the place of the chubby chernobyl, True Golden Stones, PK Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze and your favorite PMD pattern.

Clark Fork

The Clark has gone from good to great in the past week. We have been having some spectacular days from the lower river all the way up to Warm Spring. The town section has also been a good option through out the afternoon. Much like the rest of the rivers we have seen plenty of Goldens, Sallies, Green Drakes, PMDs and some great caddis hatches in the evening. For flies try The Water Walker, Bullethead Golden Stone, True Golden Stones, PK Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze and your favorite PMD pattern.

Rock Creek

What can I say about a creek that rarely fishes poorly. Well, just go because this is the time of year when catching 50 to 100 fish on dries is within reach. Although the Salmon Flies have pretty much tapered off, the Golden Stones and Sallies have been out in full force in the sun and Green Drakes in the clouds. The creek is getting to the flows where it is becoming easier and easier for the wade fisherman. For flies, just about anything that looks like a Golden Stone will get sipped up and Mayfly attractor patterns such as Purple Haze or Parachute adams.

 

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Missoula Fishing Report 6/19

Bitterroot

The Root has been giving up some good fishing in the mid to upper stretches. We have been seeing lots of Golden Stones and Sallies with some Green Drakes and PMDs coming off as well. Our rig of choice has been a Golden Stone dry with a nymph dropper in the morning and switching up to straight dries in the afternoon. For flies try The Water Walker, Bullethead Golden Stone, True Golden Stones, PK Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze and your favorite PMD pattern.

Blackfoot

The Foot continues to give up great dry fly fishing through the rain and sun. The Salmonflies are starting to dwindle but can still be found in the upper stretches. Throwing a Golden Stone has been the go to for the whole river. Streamer fishing has been pulling out some hogs as well. For flies try the Water Walker, it is quickly taking the place of the chubby chernobyl, True Golden Stones, PK Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze and your favorite PMD pattern.

Clark Fork

The Clark has gone from good to great in the past week. We have been having some spectacular days from the lower river all the way up to Warm Spring. The town section has also been a good option through out the afternoon. Much like the rest of the rivers we have seen plenty of Goldens, Sallies, Green Drakes and PMDs. For flies try The Water Walker, Bullethead Golden Stone, True Golden Stones, PK Golden Stone, Carnige Green Drake, Victory Drake, Purple Haze and your favorite PMD pattern.

Rock Creek

What can I say about a creek that rarely fishes poorly. Well, just go because this is the time of year when catching 50 to 100 fish on dries is within reach. Although the Salmon Flies have pretty much tapered off, the Golden Stones have been out in full force in the sun and Green Drakes in the clouds. The creek is getting to the flows where it is becoming easier and easier for the wade fisherman. For flies, just about anything that looks like a Golden Stone will get sipped up and Mayfly attractor patterns such as Purple Haze or Parachute adams.

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Clark Fork
The Clark Fork through and above town is seeing plenty of Salmon Flies with receptive fish waiting for you to outsmart them. The lower end is getting Salmon Flies as well, but Green Drakes in the clouds has been the most productive by far.
Bitterroot
There has been a lot of mixed reports coming from the Bitterroot. Most consistent has been the upper river with Salmon Flies and a few Golden Stones starting to pop as well. The few cloudy days we had this last week created a very good Green Drake hatch that had fish up river wide on the mid and lower stretches.
Blackfoot
Fishing has been good on the foot with a few Salmon Flies starting to show up. The warm weather should help the movement of bugs. Streamer fishing has been spectacular. Nymphing big stonefly patterns down deep will be the most effective tactic at this point, but don’t hesitate to search for fish with a Salmon Fly Dry during the afternoon.
Rock Creek
It’s that time of year when the big orange bugs are moving and the fish couldn’t be happier. Salmonflies are now throughout the system. Our guides have been running the upper to mid creek and the reports are consistently GREAT. With the salmon flies moving upstream everyday expect to see Golden Stones moving in as well as Yellow Sallies and on those cloudy days look for the Green Drakes to start popping.

-The Mangler