Fly Fishing Guide – Fishing
Missoula Area Fishing Reports
Fly Fishing Guide – Bitterroot River Fishing Report
Bitterroot River Fishing Report
Summer water levels and conditions have arrived. Terrestrial fishing is starting with hoppers, ants, and beetles all beginning to work well. There are still some PMDs around with a good spinnerfall in the morning. Tricos should start soon on the lower river. A hopper/dropper rig has been the most consistent when there is not a hatch. Some days they eat the hopper well enough to fish it solo, other times the dropper produces best. Mornings have been best on most of the river with the warm weather. The very upper Bitterroot and West Fork are still cold and mid-morning to early afternoon is good there.
Current Bitterroot River Victor Flows/Levels
Current Bitterroot River Near Missoula Flows/Levels
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Fly Fishing Guide – Blackfoot River Fishing Report
Blackfoot River Fishing Report
There are a few spruce moths around on the Blackfoot right now. Not a big hatch by any means, but in the right spots fish will eat a moth pattern. Hoppers and ants have been good and there are still PMDs with a good spinnerfall in the mornings. Hopper/dropper rigs are hard to beat for consistency, but the single dry fly is a good option too. Definitely want to get on the river early and off early as well. Best fishing is the morning hours and the afternoons will be slow to completely dead depending on the day.
Current Blackfoot River Flows/Levels
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Fly Fishing Guide – Clark Fork River Fishing Report
Clark Fork River Fishing Report
The Clark Fork has fished very well in the cloud cover and decent in the sun. A deep hopper/dropper rig has been best on the lower river and water around town. When it’s cloudy or early in the morning they will eat a big single dry well and there are the occasional fish looking up still for PMDs. The upper river is starting to fish with hoppers, but there are some new obstructions so confirm before you go. Like most of the water right now, it’s best to get on early in the morning and off before it heats up.
Current Clark Fork River Flows/Levels
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Fly Fishing Guide – Rock Creek Fishing Report
Rock Creek Fishing Report
Rock Creek is still flowing above average but at good levels for wading right now. There are a few spruce moths kicking around but not many yet. Some PMDs and a few yellow sallies hatching as well. Fishing with hoppers, ants, and beetles is getting better and better. Covering lots of water with a hopper is a great way to find the fish that are looking up. Otherwise slow down a little and work a hopper/dropper through the deeper runs. You will find colder water on the upper end right now and mid-mornings to early afternoons have been best.
Current Rock Creek Flows/Levels
Fly Fish the Mighty Mo – Missouri River
Fly Fishing Guide – Missouri River Fishing Report
Missouri River Fishing Report
There has been good, but very technical dry fly fishing on the Missouri lately with PMDs and Tricos. Searching with hoppers and ants once the hatch is over is yielding some nice fish as well. The best nymphing has been up by the dam most days. Mornings through early afternoon are best and the weeds are not a huge issue yet.
Current Missouri River at Wolf Creek Flows/Levels
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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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