Rock Creek is perhaps the best option in the Clark Fork drainage for consistent winter and early spring angling. During this time of year, trout are more and more concentrated in the deeper runs and out of the long shallows they 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.
BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing and swinging streamers.
TIPS OF THE WEEK –
Visibility: Water visibility may begin to fluctuate with (hopefully) warmer days and some snow melt. Remember to size down on fly AND tippet with low and gin clear water. With a bump in flows and normal to stained water, size up on fly and tippet.
7 DAY OUTLOOK – With temperatures at least sort of above freezing during most of the day in the next week, look for the potential to fish all day. Skwalas and March Browns should be out any day, if they’re not already. Tight lines!
Good luck from the team at Blackfoot River Outfitters and Flint Creek Outdoors! FCO in Pburg is open this spring Wed-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.
Midges, Little Black Stonefly, March Browns, Skwalas
DRIES - Sipper midge #18-20; Black parachutes #18-20; Griffiths Gnat #18-20, Purple Haze #16-20
NYMPHS- BH Hare's Ear, Natural, #10-14; 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.
Gauge is iced up but flows are perfect.
Water temperature at mid-day
Low and clear.
Best time of day to fish
Late morning to late afternoon.
The entire Creek is fishing well; cannot go wrong no matter where you stop to fish.
Best access point
Upper: Gilles Bridge
Lower: Valley of the Moon
Cutthroats, rainbows, cut-bows, browns, whitefish, bull trout and some brooks.
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.