Missoula Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 8/21

Missoula Fishing Report 

August 21st

Hoot Owl Restrictions are officially uplifted. This means that there are no time restrictions on the main rivers. There are a few conditions… Hoot Owl is still being enforced on The Clark Fork, solely above Rock Creek. Anything below that is fair game. In addition to that, ALL Blackfoot tributaries are still shut down at 2 pm. The air quality is rough… Which is pretty evident if you’re in the area. The smoke actually creates for an overcast cloud-seeming coverage. Some people may be into that, though if you are trolling with tricos, you may want some sunshine instead. The fishing has been decent, and the water is cooling off a great deal. The Blackfoot is extremely low, so keep that in mind when you are headed out there. The fish are in pods, as they are all scrambling to find colder and deeper water. So keep throwing ’em in the heavy runs. As always, feel free to call us or stop in with any questions about restrictions, what’s working, or just to BS.


Blackfoot River: Ants, beetles, and a handful of your favorite hoppers. Try working the tail outs with streamers. Deep H20= Big Fish

Bitterroot River: Be sure to bring your readers, because tricos are still out and about. It’s been difficult to predict the hatch… Otherwise, hoppers are a great option. Fish some small dark streamers- deep and slow.

Clark Fork River: Early on, go to tricos. They will get eaten. After that, it’s mainly terrestrial game again. If you’re looking to nymph, small and dark ones will be in your favor.

Rock Creek: Sparkle streamers and bright streamers. Hoppers, ants, and beetles will work best if there is any sort of wood around.

In The News:

-30% off ALL streamers

-20% off all Simms outerwear clothing

-20% off Simms G4 Boa boots

-Trips for September are being booked like crazy, as it’s turning out to be a much better fall than expected. Call or stop in to book your guide trip!

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