Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 6/20

Fly Fishing Report Brought To You By Our Missoula Fly Fishing Guides And Fly Shop Staff.

Enjoy and Good Luck!


Overall our rivers have been fishing decent for the most part. A few rainstorms passed and water fluctuated a bit and caused much of the Blackfoot to be unfishable for a few days here and there due to Monture creek pumping mud into the system. For the most part, fishing has been really good the last week or two. Salmon Flies, Golden Stones and Green Drakes have all been on the menu and should continue to produce for you for the next week or so at least.

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river is fishing decent, better on the upper stretches than the middle or lower but we are starting to see some good Green Drake and Golden Hatches throughout the system and Salmon Flies on the upper stretches. Have a handful of your favorite Green Drake patterns in the cloudy weather and some of your favorite Golden Stone patterns in the sunny weather. Nymphing has remained consistent and a great time to fish streamers on the Bitterroot. The Bitterroot river should improve over the next few weeks as we should start to see an increase in hatches throughout the system.

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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot river is arguably your best option. The dry fly fishing has been really good over the last few weeks and should continue to see good dry fly action on Salmon, Goldens and Green Drakes for the following weeks. Monture creek has been pushing some mud into the system after heavy rain but the river has cleared up fairly quick after those rain events. Over the last couple weeks, only a couple days were unfishable below monture. Our days on the Blackfoot have been spent throwing Salmon dries in the sun and Green Drakes, nymphs or Streamers in the bad weather. Weather forecast is looking good and fishing should be great up here for the following weeks.
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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river is starting to come into play. From the top to the bottom, fishing is improving and hatches of Salmon Flies, Golden Stone, Green Drakes and few PMD’s are starting to show up. Clarity is still not great but starting to turn green and fish are beginning to eat the dry fly. Streamer fishing has also picked up on the Clark Fork and of course nymphing will keep you busy.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek is of course the MVP for the month of June! Salmon Flies, Golden Stones and Green Drakes have been going strong and fishing has been great. Salmon Flies are starting to slow down and pushing to the upper reaches while the Golden Stones follow and the Green Drakes in the clouds have been producing well. Streamer fishing continues to be good with smaller streamers like Kreelex, Sculpzilla and single Dirty Hippie. Nymphing continues to be a numbers game. Expect More Golden Strones, Green Drakes and PMD’s in the coming weeks.
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Missoula June Summer Hatches

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