Rock Creek is perhaps the best option in the Clark Fork drainage for consistent winter angling. As ice jams form and move, trout are more and more concentrated in the deeper runs and out of the long shallows the 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. Don’t expect large fish but do expect large numbers.
BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing and swinging streamers.
TIPS OF THE WEEK – Shelf Ice: When you find a run of water 3′ or deeper with over hanging shelf ice, fish it like an undercut bank. Fish are holding under that shelf and are ambushing nymphs and streamers as they go by.
Active Retrieve: Try swimming your nymphs slightly faster than the top current to entice strikes if dead drifting is not working.
7 DAY OUTLOOK – With overnight temperatures diving into the teens over the next week, the water will cool down a bit. Fish the afternoons unless cabin fever dictates otherwise.
Good luck from the team at Blackfoot River Outfitters and Flint Creek Outdoors! FCO in Pburg is open this winter Thus-Sun. Be sure to stop in to meet Josh and for your Orvis gear and the best fly selection in the region.