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Rock Creek

Updated 02/24/2018 at 5:16pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

29° / 18°
26° / 14°
25° / 10°
34° / 19°
33° / 18°
33° / 19°

Our Report

Rock Creek is perhaps the best option in the Clark Fork drainage for consistent winter angling.  As ice jams form and move, trout are more and more concentrated in the deeper runs and out of the long shallows the inhabit throughout the summer and fall. Nymphing and swinging are the name of the game, but do not rule out rising fish during midge hatches on warmer days, especially when the sun is on the water. Don’t expect large fish but do expect large numbers.

BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing and swinging streamers.

TIPS OF THE WEEK – Shelf Ice: When you find a run of water 3′ or deeper with over hanging shelf ice, fish it like an undercut bank. Fish are holding under that shelf and are ambushing nymphs and streamers as they go by.

Active Retrieve: Try swimming your nymphs slightly faster than the top current to entice strikes if dead drifting is not working.


7 DAY OUTLOOK – With overnight temperatures diving into the teens over the next week, the water will cool down a bit. Fish the afternoons unless cabin fever dictates otherwise.

Good luck from the team at Blackfoot River Outfitters and Flint Creek Outdoors! FCO in Pburg is open this winter Thus-Sun. Be sure to stop in to meet Josh and for your Orvis gear and the best fly selection in the region.


Low and clear but super slick for wading so take your wading staff, cleats and care.

The Hatch

Midges, Little Black Stonefly

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Sipper midge #18-20; Black parachutes #18-20; Griffiths Gnat #18-20, Purple Haze #16-20 NYMPHS- TH Zebra Midge #16, 18 in red or black; Pat's Rubber Legs #6, 8 in Brown or Olive. STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 in Olive; Zonkers #6, 8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow; Kreelex Fly #6 in Copper/Gold, Gold/Silver, or Purple/Silver.


Water Flow

Gauge is iced up but flows are perfect.

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day


Water Condition

Low and clear.

Best time of day to fish

Late morning to late afternoon.

Best stretch

The entire Creek is fishing well; cannot go wrong no matter where you stop to fish.

Best access point

Upper: Skalkaho Bridge Lower: Valley of the Moon

Fish species

Cutthroats, rainbows, cut-bows, browns, whitefish, 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

9' 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' 5wt for nymphing but super fun spot to swing streamers with switch rods.