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

April 18

The Bitterroot is in good shape and fishing well from top to bottom right now.  The most consistent dry fly fishing has been from Hamilton upstream, but there are some big fish looking up on the middle and lower river too.  Skwalas are still the main attraction with a few March Browns starting to show up and some blue-wings on the lower river.  Nymphing or dry/dropper fishing has been good in the morning and then solid dry fly fishing most afternoons lately.

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

April 18

The Blackfoot has been steadily dropping for over a week now.  Water clarity is still a little off, but nymphing and streamer fishing can produce some large fish in these conditions.  Certain accesses may still be an issue due to some remaining snow or muddy roads but the Blackfoot can be a sneaky play 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

April 18

The Clark Fork has been dropping steadily too.  It’s still off-color, but the lower river especially can be good fishing in these conditions.  Cloudy days will offer good dry fly fishing with Skwalas, March Browns, and Blue-wings.  You may want a deep dropper in the sunshine and don’t overlook dark streamers fishing tight to the banks.

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

April 18

Rock Creek has dropped back to decent wading levels and the river is fishing well.  Good dry fly fishing in the afternoons with Skwalas and March Browns.  Nymphing or streamer fishing in the mornings will move some fish and you can always throw dry/dropper rigs if they aren’t looking up well.

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

April 18

The Missouri is another great option right now.  Deep nymphing on the upper stretch from the dam to Craig has been best.  Midges are around and in the right conditions can provide a few rising fish.  Streamer anglers have been finding a few big fish lately too.  Make sure to check the tributaries, Little Prickly Pear and the Dearborn before choosing your stretch.  When they are blown out you are limited to the very upper river.

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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