Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 7/9

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

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river has been fishing good from top to bottom. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and PMD’s have been the bugs of choice. Dry fly fishing with Golend Stones on the upper stretches has been great. Morning Fishing with PMD dries has been good from the top stretches to the bottom. Cold water coming from the West fork is keeping the fishing steady all day long on the upper stretches, while the lower is getting a little warmer and slowing down in the afternoon hours. Not a bad idea to switch to the pike rig in the afternoon on the lower section as there’s been some big ones eating lately. We’ve been throwing mostly single dries, but the dropper game has been strong too.

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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot river is fishing good on dries, droppers and streamers. Water temps are warming up in the afternoon, so get out early and go check out one of our great breweries in the afternoon! Fishing the late evening as it cools down is a decent choice with Caddis dries. Morning hatches consist of Sallies, PMD’s and Golden stones. We’ve been fishing mostly single dries up here as the dry fly fishing has been good enough not to have to toss on a dropper. Streamer fishing in the morning has been consistent and some nice fish are moving on them.
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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river has been fairly consistent early mornings and late evenings. There’s a mid day lull with the high sun and fishing slows down. Morning dry fly fishing with PMD’s and Golden stones will keep you in business, and Caddis and PED’s in the late evening. Dropper fishing has been consistent throughout the day. Late afternoon water temps are getting a little warm on the Clark Fork, so be quick on the landing and releasing of fish.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek continues to fish great with cooler water than the bigger rivers. We’re still catching lots of fish on Golden Stones throughout the day and PMD and Yellow Sallies have been good as well. Streamer fishing is a great option this time of year on rock creek as well. Dropper fishing will keep you busy all day long but dry fly has been consistent enough to where you typically don’t need to go subsurface if you don’t want to.
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July Hatches

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