It’s June, which means it’s time for Salmon Flies!
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The Bitterroot has bumped back up in flows after a few heavy rain showers followed by a series of warm days. Fishable? yes but there are plenty of other options like small tributaries that will offer better conditions. If you do head to the Bitterroot then focus on nymphing inside seems, edges, side channels or any other soft water you can find.
The Blackfoot is big but you could do worse as far as clarity is concerned. Steadily dropping over the last week even with warm conditions and color is turning green. We have had a few good days up here this last week focusing on streamers tight to the bank and heavy stone fly nymph rigs on the soft edges of the inside seems. Yuk bug, Pats, Bitch Creek, DB Stones and worms are the nymphs of choice up here right now.
Clark Fork River
The Clark Fork along with most of the streams has been affected by heavy rain and a few warm days, making this one of your last options around Missoula. If you to decide to hit the Clark Fork then focus on where tributaries dump in creating clear seems.
Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area. Salmon Flies have been out on the lower end and fish are eating them. The bugs continue their journey upstream followed by golden stones. Our go to stone patterns are the PK, Damiens SUV, Super Gee, Rastaman, 64 Impala and the good old Orange Stimulator. Don’t hesitate to tight line(no indicator) a stonefly nymph early in the day before the dry fly action starts. Nymphs include DB Stone, Pats, Yuk Bug, Bitch Creek or one of the hundreds of jig patterns that we carry!
Missoula’s Largest Fly Selection
Missoula’s Largest Fly Tying Selection