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Rock Creek

Updated 04/28/2020 at 5:16pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES – Dries with a medium-depth dropper, nymphing


1. As the water rises look for fish to hang out near the banks and soft edges around structure.
2. Nymph slow deep pools.
3. There may be fish rising to midges, skwalas, BWO’s, or March Browns. Keep an eye out!

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Spring flows are good.

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The Hatch

Midges, skwalas, bwo's, march browns

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; Purple Haze #16-20 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

1230 cfs near Clinton

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day

48 deg.

Water Condition

Slightly Stained

Best time of day to fish

Late morning to late afternoon

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.