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Rock Creek

Updated 03/15/2017 at 5:07pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

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Our Report

Right when the fishing was really taking off on the Creek the levels start to jump.  It is hard to say if the cooler weather on the way will level off the flows or increase the volume?  Depends on the temps higher in the drainages and how much rain will hit the ground but one thing is for sure, the upper Creek will fish better than the lower if it is on the rise.

No confirmed sighting of Skwalas yet but know they are not far out yet and little brown stones, snow stones (the small black ones) and midges are out already.  If the water levels flatten or drop again in the next couple days fish will be looking up for them but for now nymphing is definitely the best bet. 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 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


Low clear but some ice flows in middle river

The Hatch

Skwalas on the way as are BWOs and little brown stones. Little black stones and midges out now.

Fly Patterns

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


Water Flow

About 550 cubic feet per second at Clinton

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day


Water Condition

A bit stained and on the rise. Actually flowing twice normal for this time of year as of two days ago

Best time of day to fish

Mid afternoons

Best stretch

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.

Fish species

Cutthroats, rainbows, cut-bows, browns, white fish, bull trout and some brooks.

Fishing season

Open year round, but catch and release for trout this time of year.

Nearest airport

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.