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

July 1

The Bitterroot is dropping steadily and coming into shape for summer.  There are a bunch of different hatches right now including golden stones, green drakes, yellow sallies, PMDs, and caddis.  The best dry fly fishing is still on the upper river and West Fork with steady, single dry fly action most of the day.  The middle river has had good moments with dry flies, but a dry/dropper rig has been most consistent in those stretches.  The water is still moving and there are several new obstacles this year so use caution when on the river.  The dry fly fishing should only improve as the river continues to drop.

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

July 1

The Blackfoot is in perfect shape for big fish days right now.  The dry fly and streamer fishing has been solid on cloudy days while droppers and nymph rigs have been more productive when the sun is out.  There are still salmonlfies on the upper river and golden stones, green drakes, and PMDs throughout the river corridor.  The fishing can be a little hit or miss on the Blackfoot in these conditions, but there is no better time to find your biggest trout of the year than right now.

Blackfoot River Flow/Levels

Current Bonner Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Clark Fork River Above Missoula

Clark Fork River at Turah – Fly Fishing Guide

July 1

The Clark Fork is still high and off-color, especially the upper river.  The lower river below town is getting close to fishable conditions.  The coming week could give us our break out day on the lower Clark.  Cloudy days are best with dark streamers, golden stoneflies and deep stonefly droppers.  The best fishing still lies ahead on the Clark Fork.

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

July 1

The float season is over for the year on Rock Creek as it is wade fishing only from here on out.  The Creek is still above average in flow but very fishable.  There are lots of different hatches from golden stones, PMDs, green drakes, yellow sallies, and caddis.  From late morning on you should be able to find fish willing to eat dry flies.  Nymphs and droppers will almost always produce too, but these are some of the best conditions to just cover water and fish a single dry fly

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

July 1

Like most other rivers in the state, flows on the Missouri are dropping at last.  Nymphing is still the most consistent approach with sow bug varieties on the upper river and PMDs and caddis everywhere else.    There is good fishing to be had from the Dam all the way to Cascade.  The dry fly fishing is not as consistent as years past, but you can find fish looking up in the right spots.

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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