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

July 31

The Bitterroot has been fishing well.  The most consistent dry fly fishing is on the upper river with PMD, golden stone, and hopper patterns.  Spruce moths should show up any day now on the West Fork.  The mid and lower river has started fishing with hoppers and a hopper/dropper rig has been effective.  If fishing downstream of Hamilton we recommend starting early and getting off early as afternoon water temps are warming up.

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 31

The Blackfoot is a good option right now.  Hoppers and ants have been bringing fish to the surface and hopper/dropper rigs are a good bet for consistent fishing.  There are still some PMDs around and a mayfly can work well in specific spots.  The spruce moth hatch is happening too.  Sections of river lined with pine trees are best and the bugs are around from mid-morning through early afternoon.

Blackfoot River Flow/Levels

Current Bonner Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Clark Fork River Above Missoula

Clark Fork River at Turah – Fly Fishing Guide

July 31

The upper Clark Fork has a fair bit of algae at this point.  If you don’t mind fighting the green snot there are some fish to be had on hoppers.  From Clinton into Missoula has been best for the upper with hoppers and nocturnal stoneflies along with a dropper.  The lower Clark Fork has been hit or miss.  Cloudy days have been great, but it’s a little tougher in the sun.  There are some PMDs still around and tricos should show up soon.  Hoppers and nocturnal stones have been the best dry flies and deep droppers will definitely help.

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 31

Spruce moths are kicking around the middle sections of Rock Creek making for some great dry fly fishing from late morning through early afternoon.  Hoppers, ants, and beetles can fill in the gap after that.  If the dry fly fishing is slow look for a hopper/dropper rig to find fish more consistently.

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

July 31

The Missouri is in late summer form.  Nymphing up near the dam is very good.  Further downriver the nymphs will still work but there are more dry fly options.  PMDs, caddis, and tricos any day now.  Hoppers and ants are also a good option.

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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