The Bitterroot has been rising a bit the last few weeks with the warmer temps. The Bitterroot should fish better and better every day as the water continues to warm up and flows steady out. There are Salmon Flies moving on the upper along with some Green Drakes and Sallies but the nymph and streamer game will be your best technique up here right now. Focus on Salmon Flies and Golden Stone Dries up and Green Drakes in the clouds. Nymph patterns to try are be DB Stone, Pats Rubber Legs, G-Kes Jig, Jiggin Stones, Jig Prince Nymph, Hot Pheasant Jig and the good ole worm.
The Blackfoot is dropping and in great shape. There has been bugs all over including Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes. This is a great time of year to hit the Blackfoot and should keep you busy with dry flies action all day. Our dries of choice the last few days have been the Super G, Rastaman, PK Stones, Bullethead Salmon Flies and Golden. The streamer fishing has been great too if you are into throwing big flies. If
the dry fly fishing slows midday then throw on droppers off the dry like G-Kes, cream ptail jig, Jiggin Stones, Hot Pheasant Jig, Bullets, Pats Rubber Legs and DB Stones.
Clark Fork River
The Clark Fork is also coming into good shape and plenty of bugs to keep you and the fish busy all day. We have been seeing plenty of Salmon Flies, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and a few Green Drakes in the clouds. Another great option around Missoula and should continue to fish well here on out. Streamer fishing and nymphing is also a great option but we have been busy on dries all day long. When the dry fly fishing slows midday then throw on droppers off the dry like G-Kes, cream ptail jig, Jiggin Stones, Hot Pheasant Jig, Bullets, Pats Rubber Legs and DB Stones.
Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area for wading or floating if you are a confident rower. Salmon Flies are all over the upper creek and Golden Stones showing up as well throughout the creek. Most days there is no need to go subsurface unless you want to. Dries all day long is the game, Stones in the sun and Green Drakes in the clouds.
Missoula’s Largest Fly Selection
Missoula’s Largest Fly Tying Selection