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Rock Creek

Updated 09/20/2017 at 5:04pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

55° / 35°
41° / 26°
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46° / 33°
38° / 32°
35° / 27°

Our Report

Rock Creek Road is now open from the top to the bottom and continues to produce in spite of the cooler weather and snow! Fishing on the upper portions of the river should be good given that no one has fished there for over 2 months. Fishing on Rock Creek should get nothing but better for the foreseeable future.

BEST TECHNIQUES – Look for trico spinner fall on the water mid morning and hit ’em hard as the hatch will dwindle a little after noon. Later in the day try long droppers or short leash nymph rigs in the deep channels for brownies.

TIPS OF THE WEEK – Hopper and worm dropper have been producing bigger fish lately. Streamer fishing should be getting better and better throughout the month. Try fishing a bugger with a small dropper trailer…sometimes the fish are timid about the bigger fly but will readily grab the nymph.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Cooler temps predicted starting Monday……and rain! Fall is definitely here now and the Creek should fish good once we have consistent weather and temps. Next week will be a good time to fish here.

Rock Creek road is OPEN!

Good luck from the team at Blackfoot River Outfitters and Flint Creek Outdoors! FCO in Pburg is going to be open throughout the winter this season. 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

trico mayflies, Nocturnal Golden stones, spruce moths, PMD's, few Caddis

Fly Patterns

DRIES -trico paras and spinners #18-20, Pmd parachutes #16, spruce moth patterns #14, golden stone attractors (chubbys, rogues, etc) #8 NYMPHS- Prince, San Juan worm, pheasant tails, copper johns - tungsten is a good call on all. STREAMERS - olive or natural zonker type pattern #6, sparkle minnow #6, olive or black bead head buggers #8


Water Flow

About 300cfs @ Clinton about average

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day

4 feet

Water Condition

Perfectly clear but slick

Best time of day to fish

Nymphs all day - Mid to late morning for the tricos and a few spruce moths.

Best stretch

The entire Creek is fishing well and the lower road is now open.

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.