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Rock Creek

Updated 09/23/2019 at 6:10pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES – Throwing dries!


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.
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 fall.

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The Hatch

BWO's, tricos, midges

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 - 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.


Water Flow

331 CFS at the mouth.

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day

54 deg.

Water Condition


Best time of day to fish

Morning through evening.

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.