Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fly Fishing Report 4/7

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

Enjoy and Good Luck!

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fishing has been inconsistent over the last 3 days or so with rising flows followed by snow. The river flows have leveled off and started to drop which should bring a little more consistency over the next few days.

Even through with the rising water and cold snap, the fish were still eating dries, you just had to work a little harder for the dry eats. We’ll see what the weather does over the next week but it looks like we’ll continue to see good fishing in the coming weeks on dries.

We’re still focusing on Skwala dries, but more and more March Browns are showing up and fish are taking notice, especially in the cloudy weather. Don’t forget to have some BWO patterns handy in the clouds as well.

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Blackfoot River

Fishing on the Blackfoot river has been slow over the last few days with rising water and a major cold front that moved in over the last few days. Rising water flows and dropping water temperature is not a good combo for the Blackfoot river fishing in the spring. While the flows have leveled off, the water is still cold and will take some warmer weather to get it back up to where it was before the cold front. Like we’ve said in many spring fishing reports for the Blackfoot, if you want less people, this is the place to be, but you’ll sacrifice fishing and dry fly fishing for solitary. The nymphing and streamer fishing should continue to fish well for those who wish to head up that way. Focus your time on slow inside seems with deep nymph rigs and slowly retrieved streamers.

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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river like the rest of the rivers in the area was effected by the change in weather over the last few days. The water levels went up and has started to drop over the last couple days. The river has turned a bit darker in color which will slow things down for a few days but we expect the Clark Fork to be fishing good again soon. Keep March Browns, BWO’s and Skwalas handy. We’ll keep you posted on conditions.

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek has been solid even through the bump in water flows and cooler temps. They nymphing and streamer game has been the way to go over the last few days with the rising water. We are seeing Skwala’s, March Browns and BWO’s hatching and the dry fly fishing should pick back up this week with the warmer weather and leveling flows.

Focus on nymphs and streamers in the morning and go to the dries in the afternoon. The fish are still in their cold weather holding water, so hit the inside seems and slower walking speed water runs.

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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.