Fly Fishing The Clark Fork River

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing is improving every day. We have seen a few Skwala adults hatching but nothing to write home about yet. Focus your time nymphing and streamer fishing. The forecast is looking promising with higher night time temperatures but spring forecasts in Montana is never a for sure thing. We expect the dry fly fishing to improve late this week into next week.
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River has been pretty slow with the cold temperatures. If you want to have a section all to yourself then this is a good option. Don’t expect numbers but the nymphing and streamer fishing can bring some quality fish to hand this time of year. Focus on slow inside seems with deep nymph rigs and streamers
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing, is slowly starting to wake up. Not much for good dry fly fishing yet but the nymphing and streamer fishing can be decent. Focus your time on slow inside seems with nymph rigs and streamers. We will see what the weather brings before we get to excited about streamer fishing on the Clark Fork river.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek is a good option this time of year with nymphs and streamer fishing. Not much for dry fly action yet but this can be some of the best nymphing of the year on slow inside seams with stonefly nymph imitations. We should start seeing some Skwalas hatching in the next few weeks.
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March Hatches

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Bitterroot River

Bitterroot river fly fishing has made the transition into Fall fishing. The rains are here for the next week, and we’re seeing the change in the hatches. BWO’s are hatching consistently along the length. The Mahoganies are starting to establish, and are strong in some areas. Keep your eyes out for the Hecubas- they’re there, but you have to watch for them. Hoppers are going to be sporadic in the cool, cloudy weather but will make a return when the sun comes back. No need to be on the water very early, though the nymphing has been good on the middle and lower sections. SR Bullets Olive, Birds of Prey and the Umpqua PT Jig have been cleaning up subsurface, and the clouds are providing surface action from about 11:00 am on.
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River is still good, but starting to show some signs that it’s slowing down for winter. BWO’s, Mahoganies and October Caddis are being seen and eaten, but it feels like each day it takes a bit longer for the action to start. That’s great news for the streamer anglers, as the big fish are starting to look for big calories before the river gets too cold. Take your Dungeons and Sparkle Minnows and head up there to work the deep pockets and seams. If you’re looking for big fish on the dead drift, tie on a crayfish under a big indicator, and watch the trout gobble it up. You can hit the Blackfoot about noon and know you’ve not missed much
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork fly fishing, especially below town, is really coming into form. The BWO’s, Tricos, Hecubas, and Mahoganies are getting the fish to pod up and sip dries pretty much from town west. The cloudy weather is keeping the fish at the surface, and you’ll find enough rising fish from 11:00 AM on to keep you happy. If the dries are slow, subsurface with a Pats Rubberlegs or a PT Tungsten jig will take fish all day. Streamers have been working some, but they might not be your first option. If you go that way, Baby Gongas Tan and the Kreelix have been working.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek is in full Fall mode. Mahoganies, BWO’s, sporadic Hecubas and October Caddis are keeping the dry fly anglers very busy up here. Work the edges of the river, or find a slow seam and go to town. Don’t sleep on the streamer fishing, as the bigger fish are looking to fatten up before the temps fall too low. A Sculpin Sparkle minnow or a Kreelix will work well up here all day. If you decide to add some numbers to your day, work a PT Jig or an SR Bullet Olive. Use as long a dropper as you can handle, and keep them in the zone. The fish are hungry, plentiful and healthy!
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July Hatches

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Bitterroot River

Fly fishing the Bitterroot River is making the transition to Fall fishing. Look for BWO’s and waning tricos, good Hecubas, October Caddis and of course Hoppers.  The Mahoganies are being seen, but not in enough numbers to make the fish eat yet. Cooler mornings mean the fishing starts a little later, and takes the hoppers a bit longer to get flying. The surface is good, subsurface is better, with the Caramel Special Tungsten Jig and the Solitude Pheasant Tail jig working very well. An SR Bullet Olive is an excellent BWO nymph. And if you get to the river early enough, run a streamer. Big fish are starting to look for a bigger meal with the cooler temps.
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Blackfoot River

Blackfoot River fly fishing is very good right now, especially for the nymph and streamer fisherman. The water temps are spectacular, and the lower flows put fish exactly where you would expect them. Get your nymph and streamer deep and keep them there for the best success. The October Caddis and Hoppers are moving fish on the surface, and if you hit just the right spot, BWO’s are on the water as well. Think about a Sparkle Minnow or Baby Gonga as a streamer. Fall is also a great time to drop a crayfish imitation from an indicator through the rocks. The crayfish are on the move, and big fish are looking for them.
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Clark Fork River

Fly Fishing the Clark Fork River, especially below town, is hitting its glory. The BWO’s, Hecubas, waning tricos and sporadic Mahoganies are getting the fish to pod up and sip dries pretty much from Kona west. When the sun gets warm and the wind starts to puff, the hoppers come out and bring some big rises. If the dries are slow, subsurface with a Pats Rubberlegs or a PT Tungsten jig will take fish all day. Streamers have been working some, but they might not be your first option. If you go that way, Baby Gongas Tan and the Kreelix have been working.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing is very good right now, with great flows and water temps. The nymphing is really putting up the numbers with a dark Pats Rubberlegs, or go small with an SR Bullet Olive or a caramel Special Jig. BWO’s with clouds, sporadic Mahoganies and October Caddis are getting fish to steadily rise, while the afternoon hopper fishing has been really good. Don’t sleep on the streamer first thing in the morning, or as dusk falls. Euronymphers have been reporting excellent days on Rock Creek.
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July Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing is in full August mode, with good, steady tricos in the morning. The smoke is both helping and hurting- the bugs are coming off heavily but not always at the same time in the morning. Hoppers in the afternoon are the same way- the smoke will slow them down a bit. In the wind, throw hoppers, if the afternoon is calmer, Ants and Beetles may perform a bit better. When the sun does come on strong in the afternoon, lengthen your dropper
and run an SR Bullet Black, SR Bullet Olive or Umpqua Pheasant Tail Jig. Deep is better in the heat of the day.
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Blackfoot River

Fly fishing the Blackfoot River continues to be solid, with wading access improving day by day. You might see some tricos on the lower sections, but mostly you’re looking at Hopper/dropper. The deeper your dropper, the more successful you’ll be. If you go double nymph, make sure one is big (Pat’s Rubber Legs, Double Bead Stone) and one small (Pheasant Tail Jig, Duracell, Firestarter). The nymphing has been very good, with fish moving back into better lies due to cooler water temperatures. Don’t sleep on a smaller, sleeker streamer- the big boys are still active, especially in lower light situations. Hoppers are picking up in the afternoon.
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Clark Fork River

Clark Fork River fly fishing is steady. The tricos are well established, and the fishing is consistent on the surface when they’re on. Ron’s Trico and the Sprout have been consistent producers. The afternoon hopper fishing has been good, especially on the lower sections when the wind blows. If you find a calm day, bring out the ants and beetles. Numbers are subsurface, and a deep Pat’s Rubber Legs is still moving fish, as is the G Kes, SR Bullet Black and the Duracell. Cooler water temps are allowing decent evening fishing, and if you’re an early riser, a big dry (6-8) at dawn will move fish looking to eat the last nocturnal stone.
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Rock Creek

Fly fishing on Rock Creek is good, with most of the day spent subsurface. If you’re on slower water in the morning, expect some tricos. The most success is coming from a double nymph rig, one big and one little. The Pheasant Tail Jig, Duracell and a Prince have all been working, with the Jig Pat’s getting the flies down in the faster current. Water temps are getting better, and the fish are active later into the afternoon. Move to a hopper after you see a couple fly, but keep the dropper on. As always, the Sculpin Sparkle Minnow is producing in the deeper channels, with fish taking more in the center of the river than the edges.
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July Hatches

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Bitterroot River

Fly fishing the Bitterroot River is getting into August mode, with good, steady tricos in the morning, and hoppers in the afternoon. We’ve had some cooler days, and the water temps are dropping, which is definitely helping the fish, though the hopper fishing comes on later. In the wind, throw hoppers, if the afternoon is calmer, Ants and Beetles may perform a bit better. When the sun does come on strong in the afternoon, lengthen your dropper and run an SR Bullet Black, SR Bullet Olive or Umpqua Pheasant Tail Jig. With the water levels, a streamer is still a decent option, especially on the edges of the day
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Blackfoot River

Blackfoot River fly fishing continues to be solid, with wading access improving day by day. You might see some tricos on the lower sections, and there are a few Tan Caddis still out, but mostly you’re looking at Hopper/dropper. Run a little longer dropper for more success. If you go double nymph, make sure one is big (Pat’s Rubber Legs, Double Bead Stone) and one small (Pheasant Tail Jig, Duracell, Firestarter). The nymphing has been very good, with fish moving back into better lies due to cooler water temperatures. Don’t sleep on a smaller, sleeker streamer- the big boys are still active, especially in lower light situations.
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Clark Fork River

Fly fishing on the Clark Fork River is steady, as you would expect, with the middle section is getting a big inner tube hatch. The tricos are fairly well established, and the fishing is consistent on the surface when they’re on. Ron’s Trico and the Sprout have been consistent producers. The afternoon hopper fishing has been good, especially on the lower sections when the wind blows. If you find a calm day, bring out the ants and beetles. Most of the action is subsurface, and a deep Pat’s Rubber Legs is still moving fish, as is the G Kes, SR Bullet Black and the Duracell. Cooler water temps are allowing decent evening fishing, and if you’re an early riser, a big dry (6-8) at dawn will move fish looking to eat the last nocturnal stone.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing is steady. The most success is coming from a double nymph rig, one big and one little. The Pheasant Tail Jig, Hare’s ear Jig and a Prince have all been working, with the Jig Pat’s getting the flies down in the faster current. Water temps are getting better, and the fish are active later into the afternoon. Move to a hopper after you see a couple fly, but keep the dropper on. Tan caddis are still being seen in the evening, and you can provoke a few fish into rising, As always, the Sculpin Sparkle Minnow is producing in the deeper channels, with fish taking more in the center of the river than the edges. Still good flows, so be ready for typicla Rock Creek Wading- we’re not at Fall levels yet.
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July Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot River fly fishing has been pretty good lately, with some decent dry fly fishing. Flows are still above average, making access a bit tougher. The further south you go, the easier the wading gets, while the entire river system is good for floaters. Hoppers and waning PMD’s are what we’re seeing, with a little Spruce Moth action here or there. The Rusty Spinners are not strong, but we’re seeing them at dawn and dusk, so have them with you. Tricos are getting steadier every day. Lengthen that dropper a bit, as the water temps are higher than we like in the late afternoon. Play your fish hard and fast, and release in the colder, midstream flows. Mice after dark and just before sunrise! Or a streamer at dawn or dusk.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River fly fishing continues to be solid, especially from a boat. Look for Golden Stone remnants, waning PMDS and a few Tan Caddis. Bring Spruce Moths- they’re sporadic but the fish will eat them if they’re on. Water temps are rising, which means the lower section should be fished early morning and late evening. Expect tubers mid day. Our go-to rigs start with a Hopper or Golden Stone dry, dropping a G-Kes, TH Duracell, Tung Jig PMD, CBD Nymph, Frenchie and Olive Hot Spot. As you fish later into the day, lengthen the dropper for more success. At the edges of the day, think about a streamer- the big boys are out in low light.
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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River fly fishing remains good on the surface along the length of the river, but the middle section is getting a big tuber hatch. Waning Golden Stones and PMD’s during the day, and caddis in the evening. Tricos are starting to establish, and early risers might see a Rusty Spinner Fall. Hopper or Golden Stone dry/dropper has been our go-to rig. Droppers have been most consistent, with the G-Kes, TH Pink Hot Spot, Spanish Bullet, Tung PMD Jig and Pat’s Jig producing well. Water temps are coming up, but longer, cool nights are helping with that. Add some length to the dropper and respect the trout. Play them fast and release in the cooler, faster water. If you’re feeling it, a mouse after dark or big Golden at dawn for the nocturnal stones will move fish.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek Fly fishing has been good, with dropping water and easier wading access. Look for waning PMD’s and Goldens during the day, with some good hopper fishing in the afternoon. Bring your Spruce Moths and tricos, just in case you run into them. Tan Caddis are strong producers if you’re on the river after dinner. Streamer fishing is still good with a Sparkle Minnow or Baby Gonga, and of course nymphing is a numbers game. Water temps are sneaking up on Rock Creek, so do the right thing and be firm with the fish to release them green. The upper section is seeing some good surface action in the afternoon- thank the cooler nights for that.
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July Hatches

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