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Rock Creek

Updated 01/15/2021 at 2:49am

Conditions At-a-glance

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Weather Forecast

Our Report

7 DAY OUTLOOK

Rock Creek is looking great for the winter.

TIPS OF THE WEEK

1. The water is very cold. Fish deep and slow.
2. We’ve been informed that the access at Gilles Bridge is back to normal.
3. Try slowly swinging streamer for some fun takes!

BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing

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.

Conditions

Great for this time of year - limited ice flow and shelf ice.

The Hatch

Midges

Fly Patterns

NYMPHS - Pat's Rubber Legs, brown, #6-#10; Pheasant Tail Nymph, #14-18; Pink or hot bead red San Juan Worm #8-10; Montana Prince tan #12-16, double bead stone peacock or natural #8 DRIES - Griffiths gnat #18-20, purple haze #18-20 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.

Specifics

Water Flow

Guage is iced.

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

36"

Water temperature at mid-day

33 deg.

Water Condition

Clear

Best time of day to fish

Afternoons

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.