Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 9/12

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

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Bitterroot River

Fly fishing the Bitterroot River is making the transition to Fall fishing. Look for BWO’s and waning tricos, good Hecubas, October Caddis and of course Hoppers.  The Mahoganies are being seen, but not in enough numbers to make the fish eat yet. Cooler mornings mean the fishing starts a little later, and takes the hoppers a bit longer to get flying. The surface is good, subsurface is better, with the Caramel Special Tungsten Jig and the Solitude Pheasant Tail jig working very well. An SR Bullet Olive is an excellent BWO nymph. And if you get to the river early enough, run a streamer. Big fish are starting to look for a bigger meal with the cooler temps.
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Blackfoot River

Blackfoot River fly fishing is very good right now, especially for the nymph and streamer fisherman. The water temps are spectacular, and the lower flows put fish exactly where you would expect them. Get your nymph and streamer deep and keep them there for the best success. The October Caddis and Hoppers are moving fish on the surface, and if you hit just the right spot, BWO’s are on the water as well. Think about a Sparkle Minnow or Baby Gonga as a streamer. Fall is also a great time to drop a crayfish imitation from an indicator through the rocks. The crayfish are on the move, and big fish are looking for them.
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Clark Fork River

Fly Fishing the Clark Fork River, especially below town, is hitting its glory. The BWO’s, Hecubas, waning tricos and sporadic Mahoganies are getting the fish to pod up and sip dries pretty much from Kona west. When the sun gets warm and the wind starts to puff, the hoppers come out and bring some big rises. If the dries are slow, subsurface with a Pats Rubberlegs or a PT Tungsten jig will take fish all day. Streamers have been working some, but they might not be your first option. If you go that way, Baby Gongas Tan and the Kreelix have been working.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing is very good right now, with great flows and water temps. The nymphing is really putting up the numbers with a dark Pats Rubberlegs, or go small with an SR Bullet Olive or a caramel Special Jig. BWO’s with clouds, sporadic Mahoganies and October Caddis are getting fish to steadily rise, while the afternoon hopper fishing has been really good. Don’t sleep on the streamer first thing in the morning, or as dusk falls. Euronymphers have been reporting excellent days on Rock Creek.
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July Hatches

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Fish Species