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