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

June 9

The Bitterroot has good clarity and is dropping.  There are a few salmonflies on the upper river and nymphing the side channels mid-river has been best.  Flows are still high and there are new obstructions so float and wade with caution.  The West Fork is dropping and should have salmonflies any day now.  The upper river from the dam to Marty’s bridge has a couple of bad spots.  Scout ahead and use extreme caution on the upper West Fork.  Good things for the next several weeks on the Bitterroot!

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 9

The Blackfoot is still big and a little off-color but it has been fishable from the canyon all the way into Bonner.  Nymphs and streamers are still the best bet, but a few salmonfly shucks have been spotted so the real hatch isn’t too far behind.  This is a great time of year to find big fish on 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 9

The Clark Fork is always our last local river to come into shape and this year is no exception.  You might be able to move a few fish on the Clark Fork right now, but there are better options.  Give this river another week or two.

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 9

Rock Creek is dropping and the salmonfly hatch has started.  The bulk of the bugs are on the middle and lower river but they will be progressing upstream daily.  Big salmonfly dries, nymphs, and even streamers have been good lately.  Rock Creek is our fastest area river with many hazards.  Use extreme caution when floating or wading.

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

June 9

The Missouri is still fishing well.  The tributaries are clearing and the entire river from the dam to Cascade is an option again.  The most consistent nymphing has been on the upper river.  Good streamer action and sporadic dry fly fishing from Craig downstream most days.  The caddis and PMD hatches should get going any day and make for more dry fly opportunities throughout the 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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