Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

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.

Our amigo de Chile, Carlos, with a healthy Rainbow on the Lower Clark Fork.
Our amigo de Chile, Carlos, with a healthy Rainbow on the Lower Clark Fork.

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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-The MAngler 

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Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

 

 Beat The Heat

Get out early if you want to throw a dry fly. The deep fast nymph runs are still giving up fish during the middle of the day. Lots of white fish when you play that game. The fish have been rather picky this week in some spots, as they are fighting the heat just as the rest of us. There are loads of Golden Stones hatching in and around Missoula, and the fish seem to really be digging PMDs and Yellow Sallies. Green Drakes have also been a hit over the past week or two. As for evening fishing, the Caddis are taking over.

Water levels are dropping, temperatures are rising. Please be conscientious of the fish and their health while you’re out on the water. Play fish fast, use heavy tippet, and get out early or late.

Mr. Ingram with a good one
Mr. Ingram with a good one

The Bitterroot River: Plenty of Golden Stones still swarming around, stick to a smaller pattern with a low wing. PMDs in the morning, Caddis in the evening.

The Blackfoot River: Bigger Goldens, attractor patterns, as well as Yellow Sallies. If you’re looking to get into some bigger fish, try to get on the water early. Streamers can still be effective in the mornings and in the evenings.

The Clark Fork River: Upper Clark Fork is getting weedy and low. Mid and Lower are still producing fish on PMDs and Goldens, but the Clark really shines during the evening Caddis hatch (last two hours of light).

Rock Creek: Very wadable right now, which attracts the summer crowds. Though the creek is still producing the most consistent dry fly fishing route. (Goldens, PMDs, Caddis)

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Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Hot Hot Hot

The fishing around Missoula has been good to great. The main issue currently is the heat. It is expected to be very hot this weekend. Get out early. The fishing hasn’t been the best during the heat of the day.

The Blackfoot– Good to fair dry fly fishing on the right days. The deep dropper or nymph rig has been producing the most fish. The fastest and deepest spots are holding all the fishing right now. Throw it up in the top of the riffle for the big rainbows. Get it down fast and set on anything. There are still Salmon flies hanging around from The Mid to the Upper river. Somedays the trout are eating them.

The Bitterroot- The upper river has been fantastic. Lots of great dry fly fishing. They are still eating golden stones. The bigger fish are sitting in the fast skinny water. Keep your eye on your bug! The middle and lower river are fishing well. Better in the clouds. Dry fly fishing is there. You just have to put it in the right spot.

The Clark Fork- Upper Clark is mossy. Fishable if you can handle the salad. Goldens and mayflies. The lower river has less moss, but the fish have been stubborn. Take a gamble, it might pay off.

Rock Creek- Rock Creek is at the perfect wade fishing level. The fish have been eating goldens, Salmonflies, Green Drakes, PMD’s, Caddis, and whatever else you have in your fly box. Fun fishing up there right now. Go take advantage of some cold water.

Over all, It’s good. Get out early. Fish heavy tippet, and fight your fish fast.

-The MAngler

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. 

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-The MAngler

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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