Friday, April 18, 2014

Missoula Fly Fishing Report and Montana Streamflow Link

CHEESE-HEAD makes good on his first trip to Montana!
Missouri River: It's getting big! The water looks good. We had a bunch of guides on it for the last week and the fishing was good. Look to the czech nymph, hot bead, zebra. Fish 'em on a 7 ft rig with a little weight. The dry fly bite has been spotty, to say the least. We have had some skwala fishing but it's been sporadic. The streamer bite has had moments. Try a bigger white coffee fly, sex dungeon in white, tan and black DBX. Fish them slowly  on the edge of visibility.

Clark Fork River:  The water looks pretty good. We had some luck with buggers, princes, SJ worms.  As much as I despise nymphing, sometimes you just gotta do it.  Also, look  to the big slow swirls for risers in the afternoons. March Browns and fluttering stones have been starting to show so it might be smart to put a few in your pocket. With water this big you can fish 3x to your nymphos and 2x to your dries.  Remember, if you get a small, fixable tangle on your nymph rig just shake it vigorously until it looks like a Chinese finger puzzle. Our clients did this a bunch this week and it really seemed to work well.

Rock Creek: The fishing on da crick has been good. SJ worms, princes, small yellow/olive streamers, buggers, skwalas, March browns. It is looking really good. Our guys had fun there this week and it should hold on until things get warmer. This is a good bet if you want to go stomp around for a few hours.  Take extra care if you decide to float it. The water is quite low but  it can still be dangerous.
Stop in and see Deb at Trout Bums (mile 8) for the latest scoop. She has bugs and great coffee!

There will continue to be good fish as long as the snow stays up high. My advice is to watch the flows and take advantage of it while we have it.

Keep an eye on the flows here:
ROCK CREEK:,00065,00010



BLACKFOOT RIVER:,00065,00010

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