TIPS OF THE WEEK –
1. Try a terrestrial with a thin-bodied nymph as a dropper
2. If the terrestrial bite isn’t good think tricos, bwo’s, and midges.
3. The early morning or evening streamer bite can be good
7 DAY OUTLOOK –
We have excellent conditions for the terrestrial bite for the next week.
BEST TECHNIQUES – Prospecting with dry flies and nymphing.
Good luck and don’t forget to stop in our Philipsburg shop Flint Creek Outdoors and our NEW JACKALOPE JOE’S espresso bar! We’re open 7:30-5 seven days a week. Be sure to stop in to talk to Josh, grab a coffee, some Orvis gear, and flies from the the best fly selection in the region.
The entire creek is fishing well but the water is getting warm. Invest in a stream thermometer and check temps. It takes literally 10 seconds. If the water is above 65 deg please take care while releasing fish and even better, try fishing earlier or later as water temperatures are safer for the fish.
Hoppers, ants, beetles, craneflies, , caddis, midges, tricos, hecubas
NYMPHS - Pat's Rubber Legs in black, brown, #6-#10; Pheasant Tail Nymph, #12-18; Pink San Juan Worm #8-10; Hot Bead San Juan Worm Red; Montana Prince tan #12-16, double bead stone black #4, yellow sally nymph #14-16, yellow frenchie #14-16; lightning bug #14-18
DRIES - Purple haze #14-20, yellow sally #14-16, pmd #14-16, hopper #12, ant #16, spruce moth #14
STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 in Olive; Zonkers #6, 8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow; Kreelex Minnow #6 in Copper/Gold, Gold/Silver, or Purple/Silver.
Water temperature at mid-day
Low and clear
Best time of day to fish
Late morning through evening
The entire creek is fishing well.
Best access point
Upper: Gilles Bridge
Lower: Valley of the Moon
Cutthroat, rainbow, cutt-bow, brown, bull, some brook trout, and whitefish.
Open year round, but catch and release for trout during winter.
Missoula International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader
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.