Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 8/17

Missoula Fishing Report

August 17th

Got a case of the Mondays? Get out, get lost, get into some fish. There are plenty of spots that you haven’t explored. The air quality has improved immensely, and it has actually cooled down a bit as well. The Blackfoot is extremely low, though the water temperatures on all three rivers are looking up. Tricos are hatching on The Clark Fork and Bitterroot, and hoppers seem to be a go-to all around.


Blackfoot River: FOAM STUFF! Ants, beetles, and all sorts of hoppers. You could still catch some goldens and sallies as well. Don’t forget that the North Fork is now under Hoot Owl Restrictions, as well as the tributaries. The fish are looking for the deepest water they can, while there is still any left. That means they are all chilling in pods- if there’s one, there are likely multiple biggies. Buena suerte

Bitterroot River: Tricos! (Earlier the better, generally) hoppers, small dark streamers… Fish them deep and slow. Still some sallies in some areas. Parts of the Root are actually reaching low 60’s right now.

Clark Fork River: Tricos in the am, spinners, and then turn to your hopper box. Whatever you want really. Zach would advise you to throw a blue one… Small dark nymphs are an option too.

Rock Creek: The moths could still be out on really sunny days. Earlier in the day than later. It seems like it has still been slowing down mid-day for obvious reasons. Go early, or get out later and hit the caddis hatch. For those, size 14 & 16. Sparkle streamers and bright streamers… Throw ’em in the deep runs, mmkay?

In The News:


-20% off ALL Simms outerwear clothing

-20% off Simms G4 Boa boots

-As it’s turning out to be a much better fall than expected, September guide trips are being booked like crazy. Stop in or call the shop to book your trip!

-Give us a follow on Instagram @missouliananglerflyshop, or like us on Facebook!

-The MAngler

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Missoula Fishing Report 8/15

Missoula Fishing Report 

August 15th

It’s a lil smokey… And not the kind that you eat. There’s a good chance that this haze will make for some beloved overcast fishing this weekend. Hopefully the skies clear up sooner than later for the sake of sanity, but until then… Bring out the fly box and make yourself useful! Hoot Owl Restrictions are most definitely still being enforced on The Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and The Bitterroot River. As for the Blackfoot, the North Fork is also shut down at 2 pm. That includes all tributaries on the river as well. The Blackfoot is getting extremely low, and it recently dropped below 500. The fish are stacked up in any deeper runs that they can still find. The water temperatures in the three main rivers are ranging in the 60s. The terrestrial game is still hot… Don’t hesitate to throw ’em this weekend! If you are going out for a float, be cautious of the new obstructions from the storm.


Our buddy Will on the North Fork of the Blackfoot.

Blackfoot River: Small hoppers, ants, beetles. Still some sallies and goldens.

Bitterroot River: Tricos, hoppers, small dark streamers (fish them deep and slow). Still some smallies kickin’ around.

Clark Fork River: Tricos in the a.m., followed by hoppers, ants, or beetles. Try dropping small dark nymphs.

Rock Creek: Moths still out on sunny days. Caddis 14 & 16. Hoppers and other terrestrials will suit you well. Bright streamers, or sparkle streamers.

In The News: 

-30% ALL streamers (niiiice selection)

-20% off all Simms outerwear

-20% off Simms G4 Boa boots

-As it’s turning out to be a much better fall than expected, September guide trips are being booked like crazy. Call us or stop into the shop to book one!

-Follow us on Instagram @missouliananglerflyshop, or like us on Facebook!

-The MAngler



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Missoula Fishing Report 8/9

Missoula Fishing Report 

August 9th

Hoppers, hoppers, hoppers. All three rivers have been mainly terrestrial game, especially after about 10 am. Tricos are hatching on the Bitterroot and Clark Fork, depending on the day. Hoot Owl restrictions are still being enforced, which now includes the North Fork of the Blackfoot and all Blackfoot tributaries. This week is supposed to heat up again, so be prepared.

IMG_20150808_154255Zach and Jill went up the hill to find some good water. Zach rowed down and earned his crown, And Jill came slaying fishies happily-ever-after.

Blackfoot: Fish are in the fast water or the deep slots. Run the hopper through the heavy chop because the big fish will eat in the faster water. Throw a hopper. Elk hair caddis, purple haze, parachute adams, small droppers, dark streamers.

Bitterroot: Ask Stan if you can find him….

Clark Fork: Trico fish are sitting in the frog water and the subtle back currents. Hopper fish in the afternoons are sitting in the fast riffles. Tricos, hoppers, and terrestrial game. Most any hopper will do you good right now.

Rock Creek: Elk hair caddis, nocturnal goldens, hoppers, ants, beetles, a few tricos, and a few leftover spruce moths. Don’t leave your bugger box in the truck.

In The News:

Simms sportswear clothing is 20% off!

-30% off all streamers!

-20% off G4 Boa boots! 

-Our Missoulian Angler shirts are all restocked… Tons of colors and sizes

-It’s shaping up to be a fantastic fall… We still have float trips available, but they are filling up quickly. If you’re interested in booking a trip with the Missoulian Angler, give us a call or stop into the shop!

-The MAngler

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Missoula Fishing Report 8/7

Missoula Fishing Report 

August 7th

According to the weekend forecast, we are sitting in the mid 80’s. It is supposed to be cloudy, so the fish could be going bonkers in the overcast weather. As always… The earlier the better. Be the first to wet a line and you will likely get into some nicer fish. Generally, the Clark Fork is your best option on a cloudy day. Don’t forget that all Blackfoot tributaries are now under Hoot Owl Restrictions, including the North Fork of the Blackfoot. Try to keep fishing the deeper runs– you’d be surprised by the fish that are hanging out in there. 

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Big Ron wettin’ a line on his secret hole. 

Blackfoot River: The water is getting lower. The spruce moths are still working earlier in the morning, but are definitely slowing down. Hoppers have been the way to go right now. Elk hair caddis, PMDs, purple haze, parachute adams, small droppers, dark streamers.

Bitteroot River: It would be wise to stick to the upper stretches. The lower parts have been rather unpredictable, though an overcast day could be on fire over there. Tricos are hatching like crazy right now- Otherwise, there are a few PMDs left, some yellow sallies, and small beadheads underneath.

Clark Fork River: Tricos, hoppers, and terrestrial game. Any hopper in your box will get eaten right now.

Rock Creek: As it is one of the few options to fish free of regulations… Rock Creek is a go-to. There are a few spruce moths left- elk hair caddis, nocturnal goldens, hoppers, and sparkle minnows.

Stop into the shop for questions on what is working, what’s not… Or just to BS with us


-All Simms sportswear clothing is 20% off! (We have lots to choose from)

-30% off ALL streamers… (We have lots)

-20% off our Simms G4 Boa boots!

-Our Missoulian Angler shirts have all been restocked. All colors and sizes

-It’s not too late to book a trip! 

-The MAngler

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Missoula Fishing Report 8/3

Missoula Fishing Report

August 3th

The fishing has been good. The weather has been a little funky, but it is well worth going out there. The tricos are hatching around 10 am each day, and they are going absolutely wild on the Bitterroot and the Clark Fork. Grab a handful of ’em and go see for yourself. As of July 30th, all tributaries on the Blackfoot are under Hoot Owl Restrictions. This includes the North Fork of the BlackfootThis is largely to protect our beloved Bull Trout. Regardless of where you are on the Blackfoot, you must be reeled up by 2 pm. 

Missouri River Brown Trout

The Blackfoot River: The spruce moths have been going off during the mornings until about 10 am, and from then on it is mainly hopper game. Spruce moths, hoppers, small droppers, dark steamers

Clark Fork River: If you hit the river at the right time of day, it looks like it’s snowing. That, my friend, is no more than a swarm of tricos. Hoppers are doing really well, regardless of the color, size, or anything else. Terrestrials are worthwhile as well.

Bitterroot River: Few PMD’s left, sallies, small bead heads underneath. Hopper game is a go-to.

Rock Creek: Moths, nocturnal goldens, caddis, hoppers (go smaller rather than bigger), sparkle minnows, attractor patterns. Look in the deep runs for bigger fish.

In the news!

-ALL Simms clothing is 20% off!

-Simms G4 Boa boots are also 20% off…

-30% off all streamers! Come in a stock up!

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Missoula Fishing Report 7/31

Missoula Fishing Report

July 31st

The hot weather has returned for the weekend. The normal temps will return early next week. This fishing around the Missoula are has been great. The water levels has been steady enough, and with a little help from the rain they have even bumped. The water temps have also been great. The cooler nights have been dropping the water back to a temperature the trout are happy with. This little heat wave will be short lived and we will be back to normal in no time.

The Clark Fork: HOPPER TIME. Big or little. Tan or Pink. Blue or Red. You pick your favorite and roll it. It’s the time of year that you have to stick to your guns if you want to catch ’em on the dry. Don’t lose faith if you go 20 minutes without an eat. The big fish are willing you just have to stick with it. Patience young Jedi.

The Bitterroot: There are a few PMD’s still showing up. Not a major factor right now. Hoppers are on the main stage right now. Again, have faith. Big fish take work.

Blackfoot: The Moths are still around. The fish are still eating them, but it’s not like it was. The hoppers are kicking around the banks, and the fish are looking for them in the right spots. The streamer bite has been fair to good early in the morning.

Rock Creek: The Spruce Moths are also still kicking around and the Creek fish are eating them. Smaller hoppers are getting fish to look up, and your general attractors are always a great option.

All streamers are 30% off here in the shop. Stop by and stock up with your favorite buggers.

-The MAngler