FISHING REPORT 8/17

Bitterroot – The Bitterroot is a great option this time of year. The upper river runs cooler in water temperature this time of year making it a great mid summer fishery. The dry fly fishing has been most productive in the morning with an assortment of bugs like PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Hoppers. The Tricos are starting to show up on the mid to lower end and there are plenty of pods of fish sipping spinners mid morning.
 

Blackfoot – The dry fly fishing on the Blackfoot has been great.  Early morning has been most productive. The Hopper dropper rig has been our go to as we are in the transition period between hatches right now as we are waiting for more of the fall bugs to show up. We have some very new and exciting dropper flies that have been very productive for our guides so come on in and ask about them.

Clark Fork – After a long spring and tons of water, the Clark Fork is now back to its normal summer fishing with PMD’s and Tricos in the morning and the Hopper Dropper rig is our go to mid day. The evening Caddis hatches have been productive as well. Look for the fall bugs to start popping in a few weeks.

 

Rock Creek –Rock Creek is a great wade option now as the water levels are back to a safe level. The fishing has been productive throughout the day but the morning will be your most productive time. Other bugs on the menu include PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones and other terrestrials like Hoppers and Ants.

Fishing Report 8/1

Bitterroot – The Bitterroot is a great option this time of year. The upper river runs cooler in water temperature this time of year making it a great mid summer fishery. The dry fly fishing has been most productive in the morning with an assortment of bugs like PMD’s, Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Hoppers and Spruce Moths.
 

Blackfoot – The dry fly fishing on the Blackfoot has been great especially early mornings as the Spruce Moth hatch is in full swing and the fish are very happy about those bugs. After the morning dies off and the Spruce Moths disappear then it’s time for your favorite Hopper Dropper rig. We have some very new and exciting dropper flies that have been very productive for our guides so come on in and ask about them.

Clark Fork – After a long spring and tons of water, the Clark Fork is now back to its normal summer fishing with PMD’s and Spruce Moths in the morning and the Hopper Dropper rig is our go to mid day. The evening Caddis hatches have been productive as well but keep an eye on water temperature in the coming weeks as the afternoon/evenings can be bit to warm to safely fight fish. Your fishery will thank you for it in the future!

 

Rock Creek –Rock Creek is a great wade option now as the water levels are back to a safe level. The fishing has been productive throughout the day but the morning Spruce Moth hatch has been incredible. Other bugs on the menu include PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, Golden Stones and other terrestrials like Hoppers and Ants.

FISHING REPORT 7/9

Bitterroot – The Bitterroot is dropping and fishing is improving every day. The mid to upper river is fishing the best right now and is one of your best options to fish in the Missoula area. While the top end has been fishing great, don’t hesitate to fish the mid to lower end as the fishing now a solid option. The dry fly fishing is really kicking into gear with Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes and PMDs.
 

Blackfoot – The dry fly fishing on the Blackfoot has been great. We have fished both the upper and lower end this week and both ends fished well. On the upper there is still plenty of Salmon Flies and Golden Stones to keep you busy dry fly fishing. The streamer fishing is really improving and we have seen some big fish this week and should continue to get better and better. Looks like all of our rivers around Missoula are finally coming down to decent flows.

 

Clark Fork – The Clark is starting to become an option. While there is still a lot of water on the lower end, the sections closer to town have been producing good dry fly and nymph fishing. Hatches include Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s and a still some Green Drakes around.

 

 

Rock Creek –

Rock Creek is still a little above average flows but the fishing has been awesome. It is dry fly madness up here with Golden Stones, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes have shown up and the fishing has been good. There is still a lot of water in the creek right now so be careful out there.

FISHING REPORT 6/29

Bitterroot – The Bitterroot is dropping and fishing is improving every day. The mid to upper river is fishing the best right now and is one of your best options to fish in the Missoula area. The dry fly fishing is really kicking into gear with Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes and PMDs.
 

Blackfoot – After another big bump, the Blackfoot is coming back into shape. We have fished both the upper and lower end this week and both ends fished well. On the upper there is still plenty of Salmon Flies and Golden Stones to keep you busy dry fly fishing. The streamer fishing is really improving and we have seen some big fish this week and should continue to get better and better. Looks like all of our rivers around Missoula are finally coming down to decent flows.

 

Clark Fork – There are better options then the Clark. We will keep you posted in the next few weeks.

 

 

Rock Creek – Rock Creek is running high but clarity is good and one of your better options in the area. Salmon flies have passed but the Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes have shown up and the fishing has been good. There is still a lot of water in the creek right now so be careful out there.

FISHING REPORT 6/22

Bitterroot – The rain we have been seeing this last week has all of the rivers running above average. While most of the river is high and off color, the upper section is running high but clarity is much better then the rest of the river. Streamers and nymphs is the main game right now up there.
 

Blackfoot – Look for it to come back in shape next week. For now head to smaller tributaries.

 

Clark Fork – There are better options then the Clark especially after this rain.

 

 

Rock Creek – Rock Creek is running high but clarity is good and one of your better options in the area. Salmon flies have passed but the Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies and Green Drakes have shown up and the fishing has been good. There is still a lot of water in the creek right now so be careful out there.

Fishing Report 6/6

Bitterroot – After a huge run-off we are starting to see the water clearing in some areas. The upper Root has been dropping substantially and the fishing is starting to improve. Nymphing stoneflies in the 6-10 range should get you in to fish. PT droppers, San Juans, and Lightning bugs will still get you in to them as well. Streamer fishing should be good in these flows. The West Fork is starting to see adult Salmonflies and some Golden Stones as well as Green Drakes. The water is still high so use caution! If you are Floating, DO NOT launch above Marty’s bridge. There is currently a large downed tree crossing the entire creek.
 

Blackfoot – Dropping fast! The Blackfoot is down to 8000 CFS. Still very big but floating has become an option. Nymphing stoneflies tight against the willows in the softer edges should turn some fish. San Juan, PT’s, Yuk Bugs, Zirdle Bugs would all be good options as well. Throwing a streamer tight to the banks is always fun this time of year as well.

 

Clark Fork – Still running very high. The Upper river may come in to play soon. We will keep an eye on it. The lower river might be the last stretch to come around. The better option in the lower basin would be the various tributaries, which are running clear and fishing well. Some Salmonflies and Goldens have been out and fish have been eating.

 

 

Rock Creek – Its time! The creek has dropped substantially and the big bugs have made the appearance. Choose your patterns in sizes 4-6 range. There are a ton of good options up there. If you aren’t getting takes, size down to a smaller version and you will get em. Green Drakes are starting to pop as well as Golden Stones. The ‘War Zone’ is currently passable but you still need to use extreme caution and scout your line through. The water is still high! Know before you go! Call the shop if you have any questions prior to floating.