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Fly Fishing Guide – Bitterroot River Fishing Report

Bitterroot River Fishing Report

March 20

The Bitterroot has offered decent fishing the past couple of weeks, but water levels are on the rise.  Nymphs, droppers, and streamers have been most effective lately.  There are a few Skwalas around too, but not enough yet to really get the trout looking up for dry flies.  Keep a close eye on streamflows this time of year as the river may be fishable one day and blown out the next.  If you are floating there are numerous log jams and diversion dams to be aware of on the Bitterroot.  This is not the river for novice rowers.

Current Bitterroot River - Victor - Flows/Levels

  • Flow: 2660 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 4.15 ft
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Current Bitterroot River - Missoula - Flows/Levels

  • Flow: 8040 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 7.69 ft
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Victor Montana Weather

Victor
Victor, US
3:16 pm, Jun 11
76°F
overcast clouds
Wind: 2 mph
Pressure: 1010 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:30 am
Sunset: 8:48 pm

Missoula, Montana Weather

Missoula
Missoula, US
1:20 pm, Jun 11
54°F
scattered clouds
Wind: 7 mph
Pressure: 1014 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:39 am
Sunset: 9:30 pm

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Fly Fishing Guide – Blackfoot River Fishing Report

Blackfoot River Fishing Report

March 20
The Blackfoot is still cold, snowy, and flows have been rising hard the last couple of days so this is definitely not your best option right now.  This river might offer fishable conditions in April.

Current Blackfoot River - Bonner - Flows/Levels

  • Water Temp: 50 ° F
  • Flow: 5370 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 5.82 ft
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Bonner Montana Weather

Bonner
Bonner, US
12:20 pm, Jun 11
54°F
light rain
Wind: 7 mph
Pressure: 1014 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 4:44 am
Sunset: 8:51 pm

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Fly Fishing Guide – Clark Fork River Fishing Report

Clark Fork River Fishing Report

March 20
The upper Clark Fork is completely blown out with muddy flows.  The lower river below Missoula has some potential for a few fish, but there are better options at the moment.  This river can be a great choice in April when the water conditions are good.

Current Clark Fork River - Missoula - Flows/Levels

  • Flow: 16500 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 6.33 ft
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Missoula Montana Weather

Missoula
Missoula, US
1:20 pm, Jun 11
54°F
scattered clouds
Wind: 7 mph
Pressure: 1014 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:39 am
Sunset: 9:30 pm

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Fly Fishing Guide – Rock Creek Fishing Report

Rock Creek Fishing Report

March 20
Rock Creek is still one of the best wade fishing options in the area right now.  Flows have been rising for a few days so you will definitely have to pick your spots.  The lower river is most accessible right now as Rock Creek road above mile 13 can be treacherous until all the snow and ice melts.  Indicator nymphing or streamer fishing will yield the best results.  Skwalas and March Browns should start to show up in the next week or two.

Current Rock Creek - Clinton - Flows/Levels

  • Water Temp: 48.2 ° F
  • Flow: 1730 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 6.66 ft
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Clinton Montana Weather

Clinton
Clinton, US
12:20 pm, Jun 11
54°F
light rain
Wind: 7 mph
Pressure: 1014 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 4:44 am
Sunset: 8:51 pm

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Fly Fishing Guide – Missouri River Fishing Report

Missouri River Fishing Report

March 20
The Missouri is fishing very well with nymphs as the fish are still holding in the winter lies.  There are also occasional opportunities at dry fly fish with midges, and streamers can move so heavy fish as well.  As always, weather is the biggest factor on the Mo in the spring.  Fishing is good just about everyday, but the weather can be brutal at times.

Current Missouri River - Wolf Creek - Flows/Levels

  • Water Temp: 58.28 ° F
  • Flow: 3950 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 2.64 ft
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USGS

Wolf Creek Montana Weather

Wolf Creek
Wolf Creek, US
1:20 pm, Jun 11
65°F
broken clouds
Wind: 2 mph
Pressure: 1019 mb
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:53 am
Sunset: 9:00 pm

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Tony Reinhardt tells us about another day on the river…

…Monday was the last day with Bill and Dan on the Mo and we decided to do a double float today.  We launched at Wolf Creek with no one else around and Bill picked up two nice fish in the first 2 spots and then Dan connected with a good rainbow just below that.  The next pass in that run produced a double for the guys and it seemed a lot like yesterday although the weather was much nicer today.

The fishing has been so good the last few days that a good drift in the right spot is going to get rewarded, and Dan and Bill had bent rods often in the morning.  We had a few more doubles in the early session and some big fish.  Dan had a big female that went 21″ and there were lots of fat rainbows from 18-20″.  We pulled the boat out of the water at Craig after lunch and headed up to the dam in the afternoon.

The guys hooked up twice in the first run and then Bill landed a big bow at the tailout of that run.  Dan added another in the next spot before Bill stuck a 20″ bow and then a big 21″ male in back to back runs.  That was the start of Bill’s hot streak as he picked off several more in the next few spots and then the guys finished up strong with a rainbow and brown trout double and one more double right above the take out.  It was another great day on the Missouri with a couple of anglers I really enjoy sharing the water with.  I look forward to seeing Dan and Bill again next month in Missoula.

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