Missoula Fishing Report
July 1 st
Water temperatures are rising, but so are the fish… If you hit it at the right time. Being the first or last boat on the water is key during these hot summer days. Despite these hot temps, the bugs continue to hatch and the fish are still looking up for those tasty dry flies. If you don’t get on the river until later in the day, throw on a nymph rig if you’re prospecting for more fish. For all you “Dry or Die” fisherman, don’t hesitate to throw a hopper if you’re struggling to move fish in the afternoon. Again, keep in mind that this warm water is extremely hard on fish and that you should use heavier tippet and fight the trout fast.
Blackfoot River- Golden stones, green drakes, stimulators, adams, rubber legs, San Juan worms
Bitterroot River- PMDs, caddis, yellow sallies, golden stones, spinners, drakes, yellow sallies, scuds
Clark Fork- PMDs, golden stones, drakes, PMDs, rubber legs, pheasant tails, chernobyls, caddis pupae, caddis (especially small ones in the evening!)
Rock Creek- Purple Haze, golden stones, BWOs, PMDs, chubby chernobyls, caddis, San Juan worm, caddis pupae
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