Rock Creek

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Rock Creek

Updated 06/23/2021 at 6:28pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report

Rock Creek spring fly fishing


1. They’re looking up. Golden stones, pmd’s, yellow sallies, and caddis are all active. Take your pick, it’s officially bug soup!
2. Also the post hatch evening streamer bite can be good.
3. Bring a thermometer. The water is warm. If it is above 65 deg fish earlier or later.


The water is low for this time of year with limited precipitation in the forecast. Fishing early and late will be the ticket as the water continues to clear.

BEST TECHNIQUES – Prospecting with dry flies and nymphing.

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USGS Water Charts


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.

The Hatch

Golden stones, caddis, pmd's, yellow sallies, green drakes

Fly Patterns

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 DRIES - Golden stone #6-10, Purple haze #10-16, micro chubby #14 yellow, yellow sally #14-16, pmd #14-16 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 Flow

888 cfs

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day

64 deg.

Water Condition


Best time of day to fish

Early morning and late afternoon into the evening. Afternoons have been excellent, but as the water drops will be a little more difficult.

Best stretch

The entire creek is fishing well.

Best access point

Upper: Gilles Bridge Lower: Valley of the Moon

Fish species

Cutthroat, rainbow, cutt-bow, brown, bull, some brook trout, and whitefish.

Fishing season

Open year round, but catch and release for trout during winter.

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.