Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fly Fishing Report 4/13

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

Enjoy and Good Luck!

Our Missoula fly shop is still open for call in or email orders. Give us a call and we will get your order ready to go ASAP. Click here for a menu that highlights the current hot flies that we have in stock.

The Governor is encouraging outdoor recreation at this point in time. Fly fishing is a great way to get away from the crowds and enjoy the fresh Montana air.

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river is coming down after a recent bump in flows due to a few warm days followed by rain. After the recent cold snap the flows have stabalized and started to drop. The Bitterroot river fly fishing is back to a good option for fly fishing the Missoula area. Skwala’s are the main game in the sun right now and March Brown’s in the clouds. The future forecast is calling for mild temps followed by warmer temps. We did see a little bit of low elevation snow, so expect a minor bump again when the weather warms up later this week. Some of our go to Skwala patterns are Rogue Skwala, Plan B, True Skwala and Rastaman. Mayfly attractor patterns like Parachute Pheasant Tail and Parachute Hare’s ear can be great searching patterns that imitate the March Brown. For nymphs try G-Kes Two-Bit Stones, HS Pheasant Tail, Hot Spot PT, Pats and 20 Inchers. Check out our online menu of hot flies for the spring here. Give us a call or email your order and we will get them ready for you.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River flows have leveled off and are coming back down after the recent bump in flow. Still off color but we expect it to clear up a bit in the next few days with the mild weather. Not a great option right now for Missoula fly fishing but if you’re a streamer junkie then you can definitely get it done if you work hard enough. We would still give it some time to come back into shape though. There are better options right now.
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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River has leveled off after a recent bump in flows but don’t expect it to clear up soon. The Clark Fork always takes longer then the rest of the rivers to clear up and the clarity is still pretty bad right now. Keep an eye on it at the end of the week and we will keep you posted on what we see and the reports that come in. Hopefully it clears because the dry fly fishing was really picking up before the recent bump in flows.

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fished pretty good even through the bump in flows and now that it has stabilized, it should fish great this week. Skwala’s have started to pop up here and it should continue to fish good on top. We have heard good reports from the bottom all the way to the top of the creek. Some of the best fishing of the year can be had on rock creek right now. For dries, try Skwala adult patterns like the Rogue, Morningwood and Rastaman. For nymphs focus on stonefly patterns like Pats, DB Stone and 20 inchers with droppers like PT Hot Spot BL, Hare’s Ear RL and Two Bit Hookers. Brighter streamers like the Kreelex and Sparkle Minnow have been producing some good fish. Good reports are coming in from the top to bottom of Rock Creek.
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Spring Hatches

Click any photo below to find out more information on each individual hatch. Includes life cycle, best fly patterns, helpful tips and where to find these hatches in your Western Montana fly fishing adventure.

Fish Species