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Bitterroot River - Blackfoot River - Clark Fork River - Rock Creek - Missouri River - Fly Fishing Reports

June 10

Things are finally starting to happen in western Montana!  The Forks of the Bitterroot have stoneflies and good dry fly fishing in recent days.  The flows are still high with treacherous obstacles on nearly all of the upper stretches.  Unless you are an extremely experienced rower then I would advise wade fishing for a while longer.  The main river has started to fish as well.  Dry flies and dry/dropper rigs have been productive above Hamilton while it is still a nymph game on the middle river.  The lower river is still too high for consistent fishing.  The entire Bitterroot is still dangerous for inexperienced rowers.  Use extreme caution until river levels drop further.

Fly Fishing Guide - Bitterroot River Reports

Bitterroot River Near Darby – Fly Fishing Guide

Bitterroot River Flow/Levels

Current Weather Darby, MT

Bitterroot River Near Missoula – Fly Fishing Guide

Bitterroot River Flow/Levels

Current Missoula Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Blackfoot River at Bonner

Blackfoot River at Bonner – Fly Fishing Guide

June 1o

The Blackfoot is on the verge of being very good.  It’s still high and off-color, but once it drops a little more it can produce great days with streamers and nymphs.  There are salmon flies starting on the lower river and cloudy days could give up good top water action in the next week.  The water is still big so you should be confident in your abilities if you venture up the Blackfoot

Blackfoot River Flow/Levels

Current Bonner Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Clark Fork River Above Missoula

Clark Fork River at Turah – Fly Fishing Guide

June 10

Wade fishing near Warm Springs is an option at times through run-off.  The rest of the Clark Fork is still too high and off-color right now.  It won’t be long though and this river will offer some of the best fishing around.  The Clark Fork can fish well despite water clarity when the conditions are right.

Clark Fork River Flow/Levels

Current Turah Weather

Clark Fork River at St Regis – Fly Fishing Guide

Clark Fork River Flow/Levels

Current St Regis Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Rock Creek River Report

Rock Creek – Fly Fishing Guide

June 10

Rock Creek is still high, but there are salmonflies throughout and some of the best dry fly fishing in the area right now.  Straight dry flies and dry/dropper rigs have been best in recent days.  Wade fishing is productive in spots and floaters have had good results.  Rock Creek is very fast and dangerous.  Wade safely and use the utmost caution when floating.

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

June 10

Like most other rivers in the state, flows on the Missouri are dropping at last.  Deep nymphing is still the most consistent approach with sow bugs and San Juan or wire worms.  There is good fishing to be had from the Dam all the way to Pelican although the upper river has produced best.  PMDs and caddis are coming off and if you look in the right spots you can find a few rising fish.

Missouri River Flow/Levels

Current Wolf Creek Weather

Another Day on the River, by Tony Reinhardt

…I was back out with Brian and Bridger the trout dog, and we were also joined by Brian’s friend Bruce.  The weather was a little dicey with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast so we chose to stay close to home on the Bitterroot around Hamilton.  That choice was fine with me after the fishing yesterday and I was looking for another all day dry fly affair.

We started with double dries and it didn’t take long for Bruce to connect with the first fish of the day.  The action was fairly steady in the morning with mostly smaller and medium sized cutts and cuttbows coming to the dry.  There weren’t many bugs around early so I was hoping a hatch would get the fish fired up.

We pulled up into a side channel to look for some fish and with no rises Bruce ended up sticking a few on a dropper.  We took a break for lunch there and while we were eating a few PMDs started coming off and some heads showed.

Brian set off on foot with the dry fly rod and fooled a few in short order including the biggest fish of the day.  It was a big cutt in the 18-20″ range but it ended up foul hooked on the double dry rig and I forced the issue a little to get the trout in quickly and it broke off.  After getting back to the main river I still wasn’t seeing the number of bugs I wanted so I switched the guys over to a dry/dropper rig.

That’s one of the surest things to get the fish up and rising, and not five minutes after that a fish ate Bruce’s dry and the Green Drakes started coming off.  It was back to the dry fly rig for us and the fellas started raising more fish.  It was busy in the afternoon and our average size got a little better too.

A couple of browns came to the net, but it was still mainly cutthroat and bows with most from 12-15″ and a nice 17″ cuttbow that Brian landed toward the end of the float.  We had a couple of storms around us mid-day, but nothing too terrible and for the most part it was pleasant weather.  Another great day on the Bitterroot with a couple of good guys and the best boat dog around,.

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