Missoula Fly Fishing Report

Missoula Fishing Report 3/28

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

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing is starting to pick up in the last week with warmer night and daytime temperatures. We have been seeing more and more Skwala’s on the sunny days and a few March Browns and BWO’s in the clouds. The dry fly fishing doesn’t turn on until the afternoon but the nymph and streamer fishing remains good throughout the day. This is one of your best options for Missoula fly fishing at this point. Don’t expect the dry fly fishing to be off the hook by any means but its been pretty good out there. Still focus your drifts on that slow walking speed water and inside seems. For dries, Skwala patterns like Rastaman, Plan B, Water Walker, Bullethead and the True Stones have been our best producers. Midge, Capnia and Nemoura patterns are also getting it done in the afternoon. Nymphs like Pats Rubberlegs, 20 Incher, Double Bead Stones, G-Kes, Perdigons, H/T PT Jig, Pheasant Tail Jigs and Hot Spot PT Jigs have also been very effective.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River fly fishing is still pretty slow but if you want a stretch all to yourself then this is your spot. Focus on streamers and nymphs in slow water and inside seems. We have been pulling some nice fish on nymphs and streamers up here. Not the best Missoula fly fishing option but there are definitely willing fish.
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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River fly fishing is improving day by day and even a few fish eating on top. We are seeing a few Skwala’s here and there but nothing to write home about. If you’re a dry or die angler then focus your time on the afternoon as that is the time fish are most actively feeding on the surface. Like the rest of the fly fishing around Missoula, focus on slow inside seams and walking speed water. We have been seeing a few pods of fish in the afternoon eating midges and those fish haven’t been picky. They will eat bigger buts like Capnia’s, Nemoura’s and even a Skwala if presented properly. We had some good streamer fishing with darker colored streamers and of course nymphing the slow inside seems has been the most productive.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing is still mainly a nymph and streamer game but we are starting to see a few Skwala’s hatching and fish here and there eating them. Focus your time on stripping streamers and nymphing slow runs for numbers. Flashy streamers like the Kreelex and Sparkle minnow have been the meat of choice. For dries, focus on Stonefly nymphs Like Pat’s and Double Bead Stones with smaller droppers off the back. Cycle through a variety of smaller droppers until you find the magic one for that day.
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Spring Hatches

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Missoula Fly Fishing Report

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Fly fishing is a great way to get away from the crowds and enjoy the fresh Montana air

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river is warming up and we’re seeing more and more Skwala’s show up in the last few days. This fish are also taking notice and there has been some decent dry fly fishing in the afternoon with the big bugs. Nymphing and streamer fishing has been good most of the days and the dry fly fishing kicks into gear from about 1 or 2pm. With the warmer weekend ahead, the Skwala dries should just get better and better. We have talked to a few shuttle companies on the Bitterroot and they are still running shuttles and wiping down all surfaces inside the vehicle with disinfectant wipes when they drop your vehicle off. For dries, Skwala patterns like Rastaman, Plan B, Water Walker, Bullethead and the True Stones have been our best producers. Midge, Capnia and Nemoura patterns are also getting it done in the afternoon. Nymphs like Pats Rubberlegs, 20 Incher, Double Bead Stones, G-Kes, Perdigons, H/T PT Jig, Pheasant Tail Jigs and Hot Spot PT Jigs have also been very effective.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River fly fishing is slowly but surely warming up. Not the best option for Missoula fly fishing but if you don’t mind nymphing and streamer fishing then the Blackfoot can produce some big fish in the spring. Not a numbers game but you could find yourself on the river all alone with some good fish on inside seems and slower runs. Light colored streamers like Tan, Gray and White will get the job done. Nymphing inside seems and slow water will produce numbers.
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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River fly fishing is starting to kick into gear on the surface. We have seen a few more Skwala’s the last few days and should continue to see more and more with the warmer weather ahead. Not enough Skwala’s to get fish really going on them but they will still eat them here and there in the afternoon. We have been seeing a few pods of fish in the afternoon eating midges and those fish haven’t been picky. They will eat bigger buts like Capnia’s, Nemoura’s and even a Skwala if presented properly. We had some good streamer fishing with darker colored streamers and of course nymphing the slow inside seems has been the most productive.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing is still mainly a nymph and streamer game but we have seen a few Skwala’s starting to pop. Not enough adults to get the fish excited but you may have a few come up to eat the big bug if you stay with it in the afternoon. Focus your time on nymph and streamer fishing. Flashy streamers like the Kreelex and Sparkle minnow have been the meat of choice. For dries, focus on Stonefly nymphs Like Pat’s and Double Bead Stones with smaller droppers off the back. Cycle through a variety of smaller droppers until you find the magic one for that day.
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Spring Hatches

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Fish Species

Missoula Fly Fishing Report

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river is starting to come back to life after a recent cold snap and is back to fishing decent. We have been seeing a few Skwala’s out in the last few days but not enough to get the dry fly fishing in Missoula really going yet. With the warmer days and mild nights in the forecast, we should be seeing more and more Skwala’s in the sun. At this point it’s still a nymph and streamer game for most of the day with an afternoon window of decent dry fly fishing with Midge’s, Capnia’s and a few Nemoura’s kicking around. If you’re a dry or die fisherman then you can definitely throw a single dry all day and get a few fish here and there to come up. Nymphs like G-Kes, H/T PT Jig, Perdigons, Jig PT, Pats Rubberlegs, Double Bead Stones and 20 Inchers should get it done. Darker streamers like Black, Olive and Brown have been effective for us.
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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River fly fishing is not a great option right now. Cold water temps are keeping the fish a bit sluggish. With warmer nights and days ahead it will start to slowly warm up and streamer and nymph fishing should be decent. As far as fly fishing Missoula goes, you can do better. For those who want to be off on their own and don’t mind working hard for every fish then this is a good option for you. Light colored streamers like Tan, Gray and White will get the job done. Nymphing inside seems and slow water will produce numbers.
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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River is fishing decent subsurface with nymphs and streamers but the dry fly fishing is pretty minimal right now. Look for more and more fish to feed on top this week with the warmer temps on the way. For the window of dry fly opportunity focus on Midges, Capnias, Nemouras and possibly a few Skwala eaters. Streamer and nymph fishing will be the most productive, fishing those slower winter runs like inside seems and walking speed water. Nymphs like Pats Rubberlegs, 20 Inchers, Double Bead Stones, Perdigon, G-Kes, Two Bit Hooker Jig, PT Jig and the good old worm will get it done for you.
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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing is still mainly a nymph and streamer game but is one of your best Missoula fly fishing options at this point and should continue to fish well throughout the Spring. Flashy streamers like the Kreelex and Sparkle minnow have been the meat of choice. For dries, focus on Stonefly nymphs Like Pat’s and Double Bead Stones with smaller droppers off the back. Cycle through a variety of smaller droppers until you find the magic one for that day.
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Spring Hatches

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Fish Species

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river is coming down from a recent bump in flows from a few warm days. While fishing during those warm days was decent considering the rising water, it looks like the weather is taking a turn to chilly conditions starting this weekend. We still have a few mild days ahead of us but a little windy. just when the water temps were getting high enough for a few Skwala’s to hatch, the colder temps will postpone the dry fly fishing in Missoula this week. We have had some decent success fishing to pods of fish eating Midges in the afternoon. These fish would also eat Capnia and Nemoura patterns if presented properly. Focus on streamers and nymphs for the time being, fishing slow walking speed water and slow inside seems where fish tend to congregate this time of year. If you’re willing to stick to the Skwala dry, then you will probably get a few fish to come up but they will be few and far between. For Skwala pattterns, try True Skwala, Olive Plan B and the Rastaman. For droppers try the Hot Spot Ptail, H/T Ptail, Two-bit Hooker and perdigons. Stop in the shop and grab some of George’s Nemoura patterns as this was one of our more productive dry flies when fish are eating on top. Darker streamers in black, olive and brown seemed to be the favored meat of the day. If your throwing the bobber rig, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Double Bead Stones, 20 Inchers as your point fly with droppers off the back like Ptails, Hares Ear, Tungsten Salvation and G-Kes are great options. Don’t hate on the good old worm too.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River fly fishing is not a great option right now. Cold water temps are keeping the fish a bit sluggish. The flows are coming back down after a bump but the weather forecast is calling for some cold days and nights this weekend which will negatively effect the fishing. A few of our Missoula fly fishing guides have been floating the Blackfoot River stripping streamers and the few fish that have been caught were all decent but they are few and far between. Keep an eye on water temps in the coming weeks as the Blackfoot can be a good streamer option during the Spring. For now there are better options for Missoula fly fishing at this point.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River is on its way down after a bump in water flows and even when the water was bumping, the streamer fishing wasn’t bad at all. A few of our Missoula fly shop staffers have floated the Clark Fork lately and reported decent streamer fishing with a few hours of good Midge dry fly action. Windy conditions in the forecast the next few days and a cold weekend will make the fishing a little tougher this week. Right now the Clark Fork is not a bad option for Missoula fly fishing but it’s not a great option either. Nymphing inside seems and slow walking speed water is the name of the game right now. Slowly stripping or dead drifting streamers is not a bad option if you’re going for the big dogs.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing has stayed consistent lately through the minor bump in flows and should continue to fish well subsurface with nymphs and streamers for the next week or two before the big bugs start popping. Like the rest of our Missoula rivers, focus on slow walking speed water and inside seems. Our Missoula fly shop has been getting reports from the bottom stretches all the way to the top end. Flashy streamers like the Kreelex and Sparkle minnow have been the meat of choice. For dries, focus on Stonefly nymphs Like Pat’s and Double Bead Stones with smaller droppers off the back. Cycle through a variety of smaller droppers until you find the magic one for that day.



Spring Hatches

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Missoula Fly Fishing Report

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river had a bump in flow the last few days which makes things a bit difficult. The upcoming forecast with highs in the upper 40’s will help stabalize the flows. These colder days will postpone a good Skwala hatch for the coming week. We floated a few different stretches last week and considering the conditions, it fished pretty good. We fished Skwala dry/nymph dropper most of the day and a handful of fish smashed the Skwala dry. There was some decent fish eating midges in the afternoon but this was a short window of 2-3 hours. During this window, the fish eating midges would also eat our Nemoura patterns too. The streamer fishing stayed consistent throughout the day and of course the dropper pulled in fish most of the day. It’s easy to get excited for Missoula fly fishing this time of year after a long winter and we believe it’s worth it to get out there. Don’t set your expectations to high this week, get out and enjoy the river and be happy with a few fish here and there. Here’s a few of the Skwala dries we had fish eat, True Skwala, Olive Plan B and the Rastaman. For droppers try the Hot Spot Ptail, H/T Ptail, Two-bit Hooker and perdigons. Stop in the shop and grab some of George’s Nemoura patterns as this was one of our more productive dry flies when fish are eating on top. Darker streamers in black, olive and brown seemed to be the favored meat of the day.

Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River had a considerable push of water the last few days. Add the bump in flows to already cold water and that makes a perfect recipe for poor fishing. We still had a few fish eat the streamer but they were few and far between. Let the Blackfoot stabilize a bit and warm up a few degrees before considering this an okay option. If you enjoy Montana fly fishing by yourself then this is definitely the place to be. Don’t expect a great day by any means but if you work hard then you will definitely have success up here. Again, keep your expectations low and enjoy the time on the water

Clark Fork River

Just as the Clark Fork River hit that magic number of 43 degrees above town to get a few Skwalas hatching, the flows bumped and the fishing turned off for the most part. The flows are starting to stabilize but the temps dropped down below 40 degrees. The streamer fishing was decent and we had a few hours of midge dry fly fishing were they would eat a bigger bug like Capnias and Nemouras when presented properly. The streamer fishing was inconsistent but we caught a few nice fish that aggressively smashed light colored and flashy streamers. The Clark Fork fly fishing is not a good option now but keep an eye on water levels as this week cools off and give it a shot. We had stretches all to ourselves and we expect that to continue for the next few weeks. Olive and Black streamers were the meat of choice for the Clark Fork Fish the last few days.

Rock Creek

Rock Creek fly fishing was one of the more consistent streams lately as the rest of the rivers had significant bumps water flow. Rock Creek had a minor bump and stabilized fairly quickly. With water temps hitting right below 42 degrees the last few days, we are right on the verge of Skwalas Starting to hatch. For now the Stonefly nymph is where it’s at with all the nymphs moving closer to the bank in anticipation to hatch. We have had a few reports of decent streamer fishing too. For nymphs try Pats Rubber Legs, Double Bead Stones, 20 Inchers, Ptail Jigs, Hare’s Ears, Worms and the G-Kes. Flashy Streamers like Sparkle Minnow and Kreelex have been productive.

Spring Hatches

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Fish Species

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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot River temps have hit the low 40’s which is decent streamer fishing conditions. Still one of the coldest options for fly fishing Missoula rivers and you can have much better fishing elsewhere. But if you like streamer fishing then this can be a large fish producer at these temps. Fishing every inch of slow water and inside seems, low and slow is the game this time of year while fly fishing the Blackfoot River. Nymphing will increase your odds fishing this same type of water. For nymphs try a stonefly as your point fly and cycle through droppers until you find one they like, such as Ptail, Worms, Hare’s Ear, G-Kes and Prince Nymphs. Streamers that worked well for us were the Baby Gonga, Mini Sex Dungeon, Sparkle Minnow and Kreelex.

Bitterroot River

Well it’s offical, we’ve seen the first adult Skwalas of the year on the Bitterroot river. While this is an exciting sight for us, we’ve seen this before year after year and know it’s still a bit to early to go dry or die. Fish will still come up for the dry on occasion but it’s a bit early in the hatch to primarily fish dries. Give it a few more degrees in water temperature for a few days consistently and we will start to see more and more fish come up to feed on the surface. The Bitterroot is still days/week away for consistent dry fly fishing but for those who like nymphing and streamer fishing, this is one of your best options for Missoula fly fishing. Nymphing stonefly patterns like the Pats Rubber Legs, Double Bead Stonefly and 20 Inchers as your point fly is your best option with droppers like the G-Kes, Ptail, Hare’s Ear and Perdigons off the back. For streamers we had a lot of success with darker patterns in black and dark olive. For the dry or die angler, do it, you will have some fish come up and eat the dry but don’t expect numbers yet.

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river temperatures are breaching 40 degrees which is a good sign for dry fly fishing to come. No skwalas sighted yet but Missoula fly fishing is turning the corner and is almost there for the dry fly angler. We’ve floated the Clark Fork above and below town lately and the the streamer fishing and nymphing has been decent. With the warmer day coming, look for the Clark Fork start to produce some great fishing in the coming weeks. The Clark Fork may not be the best option for fly fishing around Missoula but it’s not necessarily a bad option either. For those who want a stretch all to themselves and enjoy streamer fishing, this is a solid bet for you. Streamers that worked well for us were the Dirty Hippie, Olive Baby Gonga and the Sparkle Minnow. Nymphing will be your most consistent tactic using patterns like the Pat’s Rubber Legs, Ptail, Hare’s Ear, Perdigons and the good old Worm.

Rock Creek

With the warmer weather in the forecast, fly fishing on Rock Creek will start to turn in the right direction. No Skwalas as of yet but they will start hatching very soon. One of the better Montana fly fishing options in the spring for wade anglers. Nymphing and Streamer fishing is where it’s at right now on rock creek. We have been getting a lot of decent reports from the bottom stretches all the way to the top. Focus on inside seems and slow water in the 2-5″ depth. Streamers like the Kreelex, Sparkle Minnow, Sculpzilla and Baby Gonga has been the best producers so far. With so many Skwala nymphs moving around focus on nymphs like Pats Rubber Legs, Double Bead Stones, 20 Inchers and dropping smaller nymphs about 18 inches off the back like Ptail, Hares Ear and G-Kes.

Spring Hatches

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Fish Species