BEST TECHNIQUES – Throwing dries!
TIPS OF THE WEEK –
1. The fish are looking up and are everywhere they should be. Look out for trico spinner falls in the mornings and sporadic hatches of BWO’s. Hoppers are going strong and there are a few spruce moths around.
2. Throw dries!
3. The creek is slippery and still running a little fast. Be careful wading!
7 DAY OUTLOOK – Flows are great for the summer.
Good luck and don’t forget to stop in our Philipsburg shop Flint Creek Outdoors and our NEW JACKALOPE JOE’S espresso bar! We’re open 7:30-5 seven days a week. Be sure to stop in to talk to Josh, grab a coffee, some Orvis gear, and flies from the the best fly selection in the region.
BWO's, tricos, midges
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 - Parachute green drake #10, yellow sallies #14, Caddis #14, BWO's, #16-20; Purple Haze, #10-18
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.
389 CFS at the mouth.
Water temperature at mid-day
Best time of day to fish
Morning through evening.
The entire creek is fishing well.
Best access point
Upper: Gilles Bridge
Lower: Valley of the Moon
Cutthroat, rainbow, cutt-bow, brown, bull, some brook trout, and whitefish.
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.