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Rock Creek

Updated 04/25/2017 at 1:53am

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

77° / 41°
56° / 43°
58° / 40°
63° / 38°
65° / 34°
71° / 38°

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES – As many of the better bows and cuts are thinking about the spawn, we would start with the double nymph rig (A Hot Bead San Juan with an additional nymph dropper, choose your favorite).  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.  Dry fly fishing is getting better by the day with great reports of skwala and March brown hatches and fish looking up for them.  If your confidence is low fish the dry dropper for insurance.

TIPS OF THE WEEK – Under the clouds expect some dry fly activity this week.  Start the day with a nymph rig or long dropper with the worm but pay attention to what’s happening on the water.  As soon as we see BWO’s or March browns popping we’ll swap up to a double dry or at least a pt or even a lightning bug dropper.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – The Rock is quite high for this time of year – even floatable. Waders should focus their attention on the upper reaches where it isn’t as pushy. Dry fly action will continue to break out unless the flows jump again (not likely for a few days anyway).
For up to the minute reports, please call our Missoula fly shop at 406.542.7411.

Good luck from the team at Blackfoot River Outfitters and Flint Creek Outdoors! FCO in Pburg is back on for the season – open every day. Be sure to stop in to meet Terra and for your Orvis gear and the best fly selection in the region.

The BRO and FCO Team wishes you all Great Fishing!
John, Terri, Matthew, Fred, Matt, Terra and Bruce


High for April but level and pretty clear.

The Hatch

Skwalas, BWOs, March browns, little brown stones, grey drakes any day.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - para purple haze, adams and brindle chutes, 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 and phez tails #16 STREAMERS - olive or natural zonker type pattern #6, sparkle minnow #6, olive or black bead head buggers #8


Water Flow

About 1000 cubic feet per second at Clinton

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day


Water Condition

A bit stained but steady and actually flowing high enough for float fishing.

Best time of day to fish

Mid afternoons

Best stretch

Upper reaches are fishing well especially with all the cutthroats and rainbows on the move upstream and more easily wadeable. Lower is good as well but pushy if you are wading in the main stream.

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.