Fly Fishing Guide

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

September 8

The Bitterroot is fishing well and conditions should only improve throughout the month.  Hoppers and ants are a good bet throughout the river.  The Hecuba or fall drake hatch is coming off.  Some days it’s good and others it is spotty.  Tricos on the lower river in certain spots and mahagonies and blue wings have been seen on cloudy days.  Hopper/dropper and streamers can also move some nice fish.

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

September 8

The Blackfoot has been one of our most consistent options recently.  Hopper/dropper rigs have been producing the best numbers of fish while a single hopper or ant has been great some days.  There are a few Hecubas and even some October caddis starting.  Mahoganies and blue wings are not far away.  Streamer fishing can also be excellent this month.

Blackfoot River Flow/Levels

Current Bonner Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Clark Fork River Above Missoula

Clark Fork River at Turah – Fly Fishing Guide

September 8

The very upper Clark Fork has had decent hopper fishing while the river closer to town is best with a hopper/dropper rig or streamers.  The lower Clark Fork is starting to come to life with hoppers, mahoganies, tricos and a few blue-wings.  Deep droppers on the sunny days and mostly dry flies when the clouds are around.

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

September 8

Hoppers, ants, and a hopper/dropper rig have been mainstays recently on Rock Creek.  Fall hatches of Hecubas, mahoganies, and blue-wings will make for great afternoon dry fly fishing when the bugs are hatching.  The lower river is a good streamer option and as always, if the fishing is tough a nymph rig will always produce a few trout.

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

September 8

The Missouri has been a little tough lately which is unusual for early September.  Nymphing up near the dam will produce a few fish but it has been spotty.  Fishing hoppers and ants will yield some quality fish although not big numbers recently.  There are still some trico risers to target and fall hatches of psuedos and blue-wings should be starting.

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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