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Rock Creek

Updated 08/13/2018 at 5:03pm

Conditions At-a-glance

excellent

Weather Forecast

Today
54° / 32°
Thu
64° / 35°
Fri
68° / 40°
Sat
67° / 39°
Sun
69° / 41°
Mon
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 – Spruce moths are out with caddis, PMD’s, and Tricos in the morning. Nymph deep and slow during the day. The flies will be out again in the evening.

TIPS OF THE WEEK –

1. Look for fish taking emergers and spruce moths in the mornings.
2. Try a dry/dropper in the heat of the day. If that isn’t working, fish deep and slow with nymphs and some weight.
3. The flies are hitting the water early to late evening. That’s when you’ll find the best dry fly action.

7 DAY OUTLOOK –

Summer flows will continue to be excellent!

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.

Conditions

Summer water levels couldn't be better.

The Hatch

Spruce Moths, Caddis, Ants, small terrestrials, Hoppers, Midges, Tricos, small stoneflies

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 - Spruce Moth, white, #12-14 Foam Hopper, tan, pink, purple, #12-14; Stimulator, yellow, #14; PMD's, #12-16; 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.

Specifics

Water Flow

364 cfs (at mouth)

Link to Water Flow Graph

http://on.doi.gov/1omaqKB

Visibility

36

Water temperature at mid-day

66 deg.

Water Condition

Clear

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.