Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 8/28

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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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Bitterroot River

Fly Fishing the  Bitterroot River has been pretty good lately, with some decent dry fly fishing. Flows are still way above average, making wading a bit tougher. Focus on the upper stretches or the Forks if you’re wading. The upper, Middle and lower stretches have all been good for the float fisherman. 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.  Be ready for the tricos- they’re being seen but hasn’t established yet. Lengthen that dropper a bit, as the water temps are coming up fast in the heat. Play your fish hard and fast, and release in the colder, midstream flows. Mice after dark and just before sunrise!
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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. Have your Spruce Moths with you- 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. 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.
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Clark Fork River

Fly Fishing the Clark Fork River remains good on the surface along the length of the river. Waning Golden Stones and PMD’s during the day, and caddis in the evening. We are starting to see some Tricos in the morning but not with the consistency we’ll see in a week. Hopper dropper and Golden Stone dry dropper has been our go-to rig. Inconsistent Rusty Spinner falls at dawn and dusk, so have them with you just in case. 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, so 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 flows dropping and the wading access much easier. 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.
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July Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river is a great option with flows dropping to a wade fish manageable level and should be great option for the rest of the season. Our guides have been on most of the stretches this last week from the top to the bottom. Hatches consist of PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Hoppers. There’s also some good caddis and PED hatches in the evening.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River has been consistent in the mornings and evenings with a midday lull on most days. Hopper dropper has been our go to with the dry working great in the morning and the dropper keeping you in action during the midday lull. We are starting to see a few Spruce Moths fluttering around but fish haven’t keyed in on them yet. The tube hatch is out in full force on the lower end so mornings and evenings are the time to be on the lower stretches.
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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River dry fly fishing has been great in the morning and evening with a slow period midday. Hatches of PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Goldens, Hoppers, PED’s and Caddis. Hopper dropper has been our go to rig but keep your eye out in the morning for fish sipping PMD’s.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing continues to produce some great fishing with the lower then average water temps for this time of year and higher then average flow. Rock Creek is a good level for wade fisherman and should continue to fish well for the rest of the season. Hatches consist of Yellow Sallies, Spruce Moths, Hoppers, PMD’s and still a few Golden Stones around.
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July Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing has been good lately with some decent dry fly fishing. Flows are still above average which makes wading a bit tougher. Focus on the upper stretches if you are a wade fisherman. The upper, Middle and lower stretches have all been good for the float fisherman. Hoppers, Goldens, Yellow Sallies and PMD’s have been hatching fairly consistent. We’ve primarily been fishing Golden Stone dries and droppers like Tung Jig PMD, G-Kes, Golden Spot Jig, OG Hot Spot Jig and MAngler Jig Stones. Few fish eating PMD’s on top and some decent caddis hatches in the evenings.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River fly fishing been a solid option lately. Hatches consist of Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Hoppers and Caddis in the evenings. The tube hatch is out in full force and should continue with the upcoming hot days in the forecast. Which means the lower section should be fished early morning and late evening. Our go to rigs are either a Hopper or Golden Stone dry with droppers like G-Kes, TH Duracell, Tung Jig PMD, CBD Nymph, Frenchie and Olive Hot Spot.
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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River fly fishing continues to fish good on top on the lower to the upper stretches and should continue to fish great throughout the summer. Golden Stones, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Hoppers and caddis in the evening is the main game. We are starting to see some Tricos in the morning show up but nothing consistent yet. Hopper dropper and Golden Stone dry dropper has been our go to rig. Droppers have been most consistent like G-Kes, TH Pink Hot Spot, Spanish Bullet, Tung PMD Jig and Pat’s Jig.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing has been good lately with flows finally dropping into a more wade fish manageable level. The upper stretches are smaller and easier to wade with the amount of water pushing through. The main hatches right now are PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones and Hoppers. Streamer fishing has been consistent and nymphing is a numbers game. Rock Creek should fish great all summer with cool water and higher then average flows.
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July Hatches

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Fish Species