Rock Creek

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Rock Creek

Updated 12/24/2021 at 3:42pm

Conditions At-a-glance

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Weather Forecast

Our Report

Rock Creek spring fly fishing

TIPS OF THE WEEK

1. Winter is finally here. Fish slow. The fish will not move quickly to flies.
2. If a double nymph rig doesn’t work, try a single nymph or size down your nymphs
3. The early morning and late afternoon streamer bite can be good, but fish them slow. Slow or no stripping is critical.

7 DAY OUTLOOK

It will be cold but fishing will continue to be good. Rock Creek may very well be one of the only rivers in Montana running a little above average flows.

BEST TECHNIQUES – Double and single rig nymphing, relatively long leash. Look out for midges on the water for dry fly activity

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USGS Water Charts

Conditions

OK

The Hatch

Midges

Fly Patterns

NYMPHS - Pat's Rubber Legs in black, brown, #6-#10; Pheasant Tail Nymph, #12-18; Pink San Juan Worm #8-10; Hot Bead San Juan Worm Red; Montana Prince tan #12-16, double bead stone black #4, yellow sally nymph #14-16, yellow frenchie #14-16; lightning bug #14-18; Perdigon red/black or olive #14-18 DRIES - Purple haze #18-20; Griffiths Gnat #18-20; Adams #18-20 STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 in Olive; Zonkers #6, 8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow; Kreelex Minnow #6 in Copper/Gold, Gold/Silver, or Purple/Silver.

Specifics

Water Flow

268 cfs

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

36"

Water temperature at mid-day

35 deg

Water Condition

Clear

Best time of day to fish

Late morning through 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.