Missoula Fly Fishing Report

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fishing has been good depending on what section you’re on. The upper sections have been more productive with fewer Salmonflies on the forks, more Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s and green drakes. We are starting to see some more bugs on the middle and lower river but still waiting for more to show up. It should happen soon with the warmer weather coming.


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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot river fishing has been awesome lately with plenty of bugs. Salmonflies are still present on the upper and middle river and Golden Stones throughout the system. Flows are stable and water temps are good. The clouds brought some decent Green Drake numbers, but the sun will bring out more Salmonflies, Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies.
The streamer fishing has also been great with active fish chasing from top to bottom. Single dries have been productive, but the dropper game during lulls will keep you busy during these slow periods.

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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river fishing has been good lately. The dry fly fishing has really picked up over the last few weeks with Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s and Green Drakes. Over the last week, the Green Drake dry fly fishing was great on the on the Clark Fork, but the sun should bring out more Stoneflies like Golden Stones and Yellow Sallies. we’re starting to find some good pods up on PMD’s as well. The streamer fishing has been good, like the rest of our rivers in Missoula.
The Clark Fork river is fishing good top to bottom and should continue to get better over the following weeks.

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fishing has been good. We’re not seeing as many Salmonflies as we have in past weeks, but still plenty of Golden Stones out. The cool cloudy weather over the last week brought out plenty of Green Drakes and willing fish. Yellow Sallies and PMD’s are also solid choices for dry flies.
The flows on Rock Creek have dropped down into a good level for wade fishing and getting a little boney for boats, but still enough water. We expect flows to keep dropping into a more wade fishing favorable level.

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June/July Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river continues to drop and fishing has been good. We’ve experienced some unseasonably cold weather with plenty of snow and rain mix over the week. Not only has this cold spring helped flows stay low and fishing good, it’s also giving us much needed snow in the mountains. We’re still seeing a few Skwala’s here and there, but it’s been mostly a March Brown and BWO game out there as of late. With the cooler temps in the forecast, we may see some good dry fly fishing for the first part of May, depending on how much rain we see in the coming days. Be prepared for some Mothers Day Caddis to come if the clarity is good for the next few weeks.


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Blackfoot River

The Blackfoot river has been fishing decent and much better than earlier this spring. We’ve been seeing good hatches of March Browns and BWO’s and some steady dry fly action in the warmer afternoons. The nymphing and streamer fishing has been the most consistent though, and should continue to be the go to strategy until true runoff hits. Keep your focus on inside seems and slower walking pace water until water temps warm up a bit.

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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river fishing has been producing some great fishing this spring and it looks like we may get another good week or two until flows bump and water clarity turns darker. Still decent numbers of Skwala’s, March Browns and BWO’s hatching and fish are eating the dry fly. Nymphing and streamer fishing has been more productive in the morning, and dry fly fishing kicks on in the afternoon. We’re excited at the possible chance of some decent May fishing that we don’t often see on the Clark Fork and a Mothers day Caddis hatch that usually isn’t much of a factor in the Missoula area due to it usually happening around peak flows. We’ll keep an eye on weather and see how much moisture we get, but we’re optimistic that we’re going to have some decent fishing the first few weeks of May on all of our Missoula rivers.

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek continues to fish great and that shouldn’t slow down anytime soon if the weather forecast stays true. The main game up here is March Brown and BWO’s, but the fish are still eating Skwala’s decently even though there aren’t many around lately. The streamer fishing has been really good and it’s worth it to commit a day to just streamer fishing.
Take advantage of the May fishing we have right now because it won’t last long and is a bit of an anomaly for this time of year.
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Spring Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river has come back into good fishing conditions with dropping water levels and warmer temperatures. Overall the fishing this spring has been great on the Bitterroot river, although there has been better windows than others with the fluctuating flows and water temperatures.
It looks like the weather will stay decent for the next few weeks and that should keep the flows somewhat stable and fishable.
There are still some Skwala’s kicking around and the March Brown fishing in the clouds has been spectacular. We’ve also seen a good amount of BWO’s in the clouds as well.


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Blackfoot River

Fishing on the Blackfoot river took a bit of a hit with the rising flows and cold water temps over the last week. We’re still seeing decent streamer and nymph fishing even through the cold temps and rising water. There has been a decent window of dry fly fishing in the afternoon with March Browns, BWO’s and Nemouras. But those windows are short lived.
Focus your time on inside seems with deep nymph rigs and slowly retrieved streamers.

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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river fishing, like the other rivers in the area, has seen up and down fishing over the last few weeks with the rising flows and cool temps. The fishing has been good when conditions are good with Skwala’s, March Browns and BWO’s. It looks like the weather forecast will help and give us some better conditions for the next week or two.
This should be a great week to go fish the Clark Fork river with flows trending down and water clarity improving every day.

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek fishing remained decent even through the rising water and colder water temps. The fishing should keep getting better for the next few weeks if the weather forecast holds true.
We’ve been seeing decent numbers of Skwala’s, March Browns and BWO’s hatching on rock creek and we expect that to continue for the near future.
Streamer fishing and nymphing will be your most effective strategy for numbers, but the dry fly fishing has been good in the afternoons.

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Spring Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fishing has been incredible this week up until a few days ago when the flows bumped and slowed fishing down. The dry fly fishing with Skwala’s, March Browns and BWO’s was some of the best fishing we’ve seen this Spring so far. Big fish and dry flies, what more can you ask.
We’re hoping flows level off a bit with some cooler weather on tap and cool nights. Keep an eye on flows over the next few days and hope for a level or dropping trend. Be prepared with Skwala’s, March Browns and BWO’s.


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Blackfoot River

Fishing on the Blackfoot river has picked up a bit over the week. Still mostly a nymph and streamer game but we have been hearing a few reports of decent dry fly fishing on March Browns. Like the rest of the Missoula rivers, the Blackfoot flows have been rising steadily over the last few days. We’re hoping the flows level off or begin to drop over the next week with the cold front moving in.
Focus your time on inside seems with heavy nymph rigs and slowly retrieved streamers.

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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river flows have bumped over the last few days. While fishing still stayed fairly consistent, the water clarity has started to turn a bit darker. As with the rest of the rivers, we hope to see the flows level off as cooler weather moves in early this coming week.
The March Brown and Skwala dry flies was the name of the game and we expect that to continue in the coming week.
We’ve also started to hear a lot of good streamer fishing with patterns like the Double Fuego, Dirty Hippie, Mongrel Meat and Sparkle Minnows.

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek continues to fish good even through the rising water. The dry fly fishing has really picked up with plenty of Skwala’s, March Browns and Nemoura’s.
The Nymphing and Streamer fishing has stayed consistent and should continue to produce fish for the coming weeks.
If flows level off, the fishing should be really good up here this coming week.
We’ve been hearing good fishing from the lower end all the way to the top, but a little better dry fly fishing on the lower half.


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Spring Hatches

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Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot river fly fishing has been hot over the last week, the skwala dry has been the name of the game, March browns and BWOs have been good in the cloudy weather. Anglers are having success with nymphs and streamers early morning, and then switching to the Skwala dry later in the morning and throughout the day. The river flow is on an upward trend, and with rain forecasted, we might see the bump in flows continue depending on how much moisture we receive over the next few days

Our favorite patterns are as follows:
Skwala – Gray/Olive Plan B, Water Walker, Rogue, Mill Creek and the True Skwala.
March Browns – Parachute Pheasant Tail, Brindlechute and the Carnage March Brown.
BWO – Tiltwing, Thorax, Parachute Hare’s Ear Olive and Film Critic.

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Blackfoot River

Fishing on the Blackfoot river is decent, particularly with streamers and nymphs, while the dry fly fishing is spotty at best. Effective strategies include fishing deep nymph rigs on inside seams and slowly retrieved streamers in deeper runs.

While the Blackfoot river may not be the best option for anglers at this point, the traffic is low and this is a great time of year to test out your streamer skills with some big fish being caught up here over the last few weeks.

Deep nymph rigs with stoneflies and worms are pretty hard to beat on the Blackfoot river now. For streamers, our favorites are the Double Fuego, Sparkle Minnow, Mongrel Meat and the Gonga.

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Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork river mirrors the Bitterroot in terms of hatches. The skwala’s have been out in the sun, while the BWO’s and March Brown dries have been good in the clouds.

Like the Bitterroot, the Clark Fork’s flows are creeping up as of this morning. The forecast is calling for a lot of moisture over the next 24 hours.

Our favorite patterns for the Skwala has been the Mill Creek Skwala, Gray/Olive Plan B and the True Skwala. The Parachute Pheasant Tail and Carnage March Brown has been our most effective March Brown Patterns. For BWO’s, try the Film Critit, Split Flag and the Thorax.

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Rock Creek

Rock Creek is in excellent fishing conditions. The Skwala adults have started to show up along with BWO’s and March Browns. The dry fly fishing in the morning has been a little slow, but by midday the dries have been effective. Nymphing and streamer fishing has been good in the morning while you wait for the dries to come into play.

Like the rest of the rivers, Rock creek is currently seeing a rising trend in water flows as of this morning and might continue its rise if the weather forecast holds true. Rock creek is one stream around missoula that still fishes decent in rising water.

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Spring Hatches

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Mayfly Madness

They are here in numbers. Big numbers.

Tricos

Hecubas

The Mahogany.

The fish know they are here too. Pods of rising fish in ever direction from Our beloved fishing town. You really cant go wrong. Play the clouds and stay of of the wind. Get it in their feeding lane, drag free, and get ready. They will eat it…

See you posted up on the risers.

-The MAngler