Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 6/10

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

Enjoy and Good Luck!

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river is slowly coming into play. More so on the upper stretches and in to the West and East Fork with Salmonflies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies in the sun and Green Drakes in the Clouds. The middle and lower stretches have seen some Goldens, Yellow Sallies and Green drakes, but the water is still moving quickly and we haven’t seen a lot of bugs hatching yet. This should change soon with the flows coming down and water temps rising.
Be prepared with Golden Stone, Yellow Sallies and Green Drake dries on the mainstem in the coming weeks. For now, be prepared to throw more nymphs and streamers than dries until the bugs show up.

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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot river has has been good over the last few days with lots of Salmonflies and Golden Stones hatching throughout the river. The dry fly fishing has been good and should just get better. We’ve been throwing single dries throughout the day, but don’t hesitate to throw on a dropper during slow periods of the day.
We have also had some really good streamer days with brighter color streamers in the sun. With the water temperatures right now, you can use a fairly fast retrieve tight to the bank and swinging through the run.
Be prepared with Salmonfly dries and Golden Stones in the coming week.
The Blackfoot is pretty hard to beat right now for dry fly fishing, but to be honest all of the rivers and tributaries are coming into shape and should fish good from here on out.

Check out this link here for some great tips on fishing the Salmonfly hatch

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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river clarity has improved a lot over the last few days and fishing is starting to improve. We’ve been seeing a few Salmonflies, Goldens, Sallies and Green drakes popping, and that should continue in the coming weeks.
We’ve been having better luck on the dropper game lately, so don’t hesitate to put on a big Salmon or Golden dry and drop a nymph off the back.
Streamer fishing has been consistent and it’s the time of year to pull some really big fish out on streamers with heavier sink tips.
We’ll keep you posted as the hatches continue to improve.

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fishing been awesome over the last week and no signs of slowing down. The Salmonfly hatch is thickest on the middle to upper sections with less of them on the lower, but still some and the fish are still eating them well on the lower end. As the Salmonfly hatch progresses upstream, the Goldens follow, so be ready to fish Golden Stone dries if you’re not seeing many adult Salmonflies around. If the clouds come, have some Green Drake dries ready to throw.
There typically is no reason to throw anything but dry flies this time on Rock Creek.

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June/July Hatches

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