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

April 12

The Bitterroot has been fishing extremely well over the past month.  The Skwala hatch is one of the best we have seen in recent years and March Browns and Blue-wing Olives are coming off too.  The river has been rising for the last couple of days though and made for some more challenging conditions.  Keep a close eye on flows in the coming days.  If the river levels off or starts to drop then the fishing should remain solid with dry/dropper, nymphing or streamers in the morning and straight dry fly fishing in the afternoons.  If the river continues to go up it will get tougher.  If that happens then nymphing and streamer fishing will be your best bet until flows stabilize.

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

April 12

Flows on the Blackfoot have been rising for several days and it is not a good fishing option at this point.  Once river levels stabilize or start to drop there could be a good window of nymph and streamer fishing before run-off starts for real.

Blackfoot River Flow/Levels

Current Bonner Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Clark Fork River Above Missoula

Clark Fork River at Turah – Fly Fishing Guide

April 12

There was some great fishing on the Clark Fork last week, but right now it is blown out and not a good option.  Wade fishing at the very headwaters near Warm Springs would be the best Clark Fork option right now.  If flows stabilize we could still see some great dry fly fishing in late April before the main run-off hits.

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

April 12

Rock Creek has been rising for the past few days to make for challenging conditions.  You could still find a few fish on nymphs in the right spots, but river levels will need to stabilize before the overall action picks back up.  The creek has one of the best March Brown hatches in the area and if we see stable flows there could be great dry fly fishing in the weeks ahead.

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

April 12

The Missouri is starting to warm up a little as well.  You definitely want to watch the weather if you’re planning a trip to the Mo this time of year.  It can be beautiful or miserable depending on the forecast.  Slow swung leech and streamer patterns have been very effective lately.  Of course, nymphing is always a good option too.  Look to slower water and make sure at least one of your nymphs is of the pink variety.  On calm, warmer days you will find trout looking up for midges too.

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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