After a jump in the flows last week the Creek is still nearly 4 times normal but level and fish are eating again.
Skwalas, little brown stones, snow stones (the small black ones) and midges are out already and BWO’s should be around any day. With the water flattening trout are looking up but we would start with the nymphing game in the mornings.A Hot Bead San Juan with an additional nymph dropper (choose your favorite) seems to be the for sure thing to lock up some fish. Typically they will stack up just below the riffles in the head of the deeper runs but don’t count out the dead/back waters… many of the Creek’s top end fish show up in slow water. If you are dying to fish dries start with the dry dropper rig and go single dry if you get action on top.
If you want to step up in size if not numbers too try swinging pencil thin streamers across the deep slow runs and tail outs then slow striping them back up the insides.
Our shop Flint Creek Outdoors in Pburg will open the second week of April and our shop in Missoula at Blackfoot River Outfitters on Reserve Street 406-542-7411 is open 6 days a week.
The BRO and FCO Team wishes you all Great Fishing!
John, Terri, Matthew, Fred, Matt, Terra and Bruce
High for early April but level and clear.
Skwalas, BWOs and little brown and black stones and midges out now.
Dries - para midge, bullet head skwalas like the Rouge, brown wing and Rasta
Nymphs - Red beadhead power worm#10, peacock double bead stone #8, brown rubber leg #8, red thread prince.
Streamers - olive or natural zonker type pattern #6, sparkle minnow #6, olive or black bead head buggers #8
About 700 cubic feet per second at Clinton
Water temperature at mid-day
A bit stained but steady and actually flowing nearly 4 times normal for this time of year.
Best time of day to fish
Upper and lower reaches are always better than the middle river in the spring... more sunlight and spring water.
Best access point
Multiple points all along the river.
Cutthroats, rainbows, cut-bows, browns, white fish, bull trout and some brooks.
Open year round, but catch and release for trout this time of year.
Missoula International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader
In the winter keep it short - 7'6" 3x
Recommended fly fishing tippet
3x and 4x top to bottom bug respectively unless you are swinging streamers then bump up to 2x
Best fly fishing rod
Crisp 9'4wt for nymphing but super fun spot to swing streamers with switch rods.