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Rock Creek

Updated 02/20/2017 at 11:09pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

38° / 25°
34° / 22°
26° / 15°
24° / 12°
26° / 9°
25° / 7°

Our Report

After being iced up for some time a few stretches of the Creek are open now.  Look for those sections that get the most sun light on a daily basis as those with long shadows are likely to still be locked up.

Nymphing is definitely the best bet for winter fishing on the Rock… A Hot Bead San Juan with an additional nymph dropper (choose your favorite) seems to be the for sure thing to lock up some fish. Typically they will stack up just below the riffles in the head of the deeper runs but don’t count out the dead/back waters… many of the Creek’s top end fish show up in slow water.

If you want to step up in size if not numbers too try swinging pencil thin streamers across the deep slow runs and tail outs then slow striping them back up the insides.

Our shop Flint Creek Outdoors in Pburg is closed for the season but in Missoula at Blackfoot River Outfitters on Reserve Street 406-542-7411 6 days a week.

The BRO and FCO Team wishes you all Great Fishing!
John, Terri, Matthew, Fred, Matt, Sam and Bruce


Low clear but ice flows

The Hatch

Midges on those warmer high 30-40* days

Fly Patterns

Dries - para midge Nymphs - Red beadhead power worm#10, peacock double bead stone #8, brown rubber leg #8, red thread prince. Streamers - olive or natural zonker type pattern #6, sparkle minnow #6, olive or black bead head buggers #8


Water Flow

About 200 cubic feet per second at Clinton

Link to Water Flow Graph


very clear

Water temperature at mid-day


Water Condition

Skinny winter conditions with ice flow

Best time of day to fish

Mid afternoons

Best stretch

Upper and lower reaches are always better than the middle river in the winter... more sunlight and spring water.

Best access point

Multiple points all along the river.

Fish species

Cutthroats, rainbows, cut-bows, browns, white fish, bull trout and some brooks.

Fishing season

Open year round, but catch and release for trout this time of year.

Nearest airport

Missoula International Airport

Recommended fly fishing leader

In the winter keep it short - 7'6" 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 9'4wt for winter nymphing but super fun spot to swing streamers with switch rods.