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Rock Creek

Updated 09/15/2018 at 10:51pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

54° / 32°
64° / 35°
68° / 40°
67° / 39°
69° / 41°
67° / 42°

Our Report

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 – Start with dry flies. Add a dropper if no action.


Fish the whole stretch. The fish are everywhere!


Rock Creek is in great shape for the fall!

Good luck from the team at Blackfoot River Outfitters and Flint Creek Outdoors! FCO in Pburg is open this 7 days a week from 9a-5p. Be sure to stop in to meet Josh and for your Orvis gear and the best fly selection in the region.


Summer water levels couldn't be better.

The Hatch

Caddis, Ants, small terrestrials, Hoppers, Midges, Gray Drakes, Mahogony's, BWO's

Fly Patterns

NYMPHS - Pat's Rubber Legs, brown, #6; Hare's Ear Nymph, #10-14; Pheasant Tail Nymph, #14-18; Pink San Juan Worm, #8-10; Montana Prince, tan, #12-16 DRIES - Griffiths Gnat #16-20; Foam Hopper, tan, pink, purple, #8-12; Stimulator, yellow, #14; Baetis, #16-20; Purple Haze, #10-18, Foam Ant, black, #12-18 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

323 CFS (at mouth)

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day

62 deg.

Water Condition


Best time of day to fish

Morning and evening.

Best stretch

The whole creek is fishing well.

Best access point

Upper: Gilles 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 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.