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Bitterroot River - Blackfoot River - Clark Fork River - Rock Creek - Missouri River - Fly Fishing Reports

August 12

Summer conditions prevail on the Bitterroot.  There are the last of the spruce moths up on the West Fork for a few more days.  The main river is mostly a hopper or hopper/dropper game right now.  There are still some PMD spinners in the morning and the trico hatch is starting on the mid and lower river.  The upper river south of Hamilton will provide the most consistent dry fly action while the mid and lower river will produce shots at bigger fish.  They will eat a well placed dry, but a dropper will produce more consistent fishing.

Fly Fishing Guide - Bitterroot River Reports

Bitterroot River Near Darby – Fly Fishing Guide

Bitterroot River Flow/Levels

Current Weather Darby, MT

Bitterroot River Near Missoula – Fly Fishing Guide

Bitterroot River Flow/Levels

Current Missoula Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Blackfoot River at Bonner

Blackfoot River at Bonner – Fly Fishing Guide

August 12

The Blackfoot is still running above average for streamflows and has been one of our best local options.  There are still spruce moths around but the hatch is fading and the fish are getting picky.  Hoppers, ants, and other attractors have been the best dry flies and a dropper will improve your odds of finding the most fish.  Streamers are still producing some good sized fish although not the same numbers as a dry/dropper rig.  Early starts are key as the fishing falls off once the heat of the day sets in.

Blackfoot River Flow/Levels

Current Bonner Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Clark Fork River Above Missoula

Clark Fork River at Turah – Fly Fishing Guide

August 12

The upper Clark Fork has been good with hoppers and hopper/dropper rigs.  Some of the best has been from Rock Creek to the mouth of the Blackfoot.  The lower Clark Fork has been a little more hit or miss in the bright sunshine.  Some days they will eat a hopper or mayfly dry well and other days a deep dropper is required to find fish.  The trico hatch is just starting and will produce some pods of rising fish in the stretches near Missoula.

Clark Fork River Flow/Levels

Current Turah Weather

Clark Fork River at St Regis – Fly Fishing Guide

Clark Fork River Flow/Levels

Current St Regis Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Rock Creek River Report

Rock Creek – Fly Fishing Guide

August 12

There are still some spruce moths through the middle portions of Rock Creek that are offering great dry fly fishing from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.  When the moths aren’t around the best dries have been hoppers, ants, and beetles.  If the fish aren’t looking up then a hopper/dropper rig has been producing good results.

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

August 12

There are still massive trico hatches daily which are producing some technical dry fly fishing for big trout.  Nymphing on the upper river has been best for numbers while there is good hopper and ant fishing through the canyon and below for dry fly enthusiasts.  The grass is building but hasn’t been too problematic yet.

Missouri River Flow/Levels

Current Wolf Creek Weather

Another Day on the River, by Tony Reinhardt

…I was back out with Brian and Bridger the trout dog, and we were also joined by Brian’s friend Bruce.  The weather was a little dicey with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast so we chose to stay close to home on the Bitterroot around Hamilton.  That choice was fine with me after the fishing yesterday and I was looking for another all day dry fly affair.

We started with double dries and it didn’t take long for Bruce to connect with the first fish of the day.  The action was fairly steady in the morning with mostly smaller and medium sized cutts and cuttbows coming to the dry.  There weren’t many bugs around early so I was hoping a hatch would get the fish fired up.

We pulled up into a side channel to look for some fish and with no rises Bruce ended up sticking a few on a dropper.  We took a break for lunch there and while we were eating a few PMDs started coming off and some heads showed.

Brian set off on foot with the dry fly rod and fooled a few in short order including the biggest fish of the day.  It was a big cutt in the 18-20″ range but it ended up foul hooked on the double dry rig and I forced the issue a little to get the trout in quickly and it broke off.  After getting back to the main river I still wasn’t seeing the number of bugs I wanted so I switched the guys over to a dry/dropper rig.

That’s one of the surest things to get the fish up and rising, and not five minutes after that a fish ate Bruce’s dry and the Green Drakes started coming off.  It was back to the dry fly rig for us and the fellas started raising more fish.  It was busy in the afternoon and our average size got a little better too.

A couple of browns came to the net, but it was still mainly cutthroat and bows with most from 12-15″ and a nice 17″ cuttbow that Brian landed toward the end of the float.  We had a couple of storms around us mid-day, but nothing too terrible and for the most part it was pleasant weather.  Another great day on the Bitterroot with a couple of good guys and the best boat dog around,.

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