The Bitterroot is a great option right now and the dry fly fishing has been good. We have been seeing plenty of PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and the hopper fishing is starting to pick up as well. If you come across a mid day lull then the dry dropper rig will keep you busy. Our go to droppers right now are the G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s. For Dries we have been running Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater.
The Blackfoot is producing some great fish lately and should continue to fish well throughout the month. There are still a few Salmon Flies up top but the fish are more keyed in on the Golden Stones and hoppers then anything. Streamer fishing has continued to produce well if you like chucking the big bugs. Flies to try include Water Walkers, Plan B’s, Flush Floaters, Mill Creek, Super G for dries and for droppers try Perd’s, Ptail Soft Spots, G-Kes, Jiggin Stones and Jig Pheasant Tails.
Clark Fork River
The Clark Fork has been fishing great from top to bottom. Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s and some decent hopper action is on the menu right now. Some of the best fishing in Missoula can be found on the Clark Fork this time of year. For flies most of your PMD patterns will work along with bigger bugs like the Water Walkers, Plan B’s and Flush Floater. Droppers include G-Kes Ptail Hot Spot, Jiggin Stones and just about any color Perd’s.
Rock Creek is one of your best options right now along with dozens of other tributaries in the Missoula area for wading. Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies have been our go to and the fish are starting to look up for hoppers too. Most days there is no need to go subsurface unless you want to. Dries all day long is the game right now.