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July 27, 2017

     It's wildfire season here on Rock Creek; the Sapphire Complex (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5364/) has closed down virtually all of the creek, unfortunately during our coveted spruce moth hatch.  We are providing most of the fire updates on Facebook, but we will also give the occasional update here on the Conditions page.

     Tonight, we are having a meeting here in the store at 7PM, and the fire crews will go over the current reports as well as the predictions for the Sapphire Complex fire and will answer any questions people may have.  There will also be a live feed here.

     We are keeping our fingers crossed that this fire will get resolved sooner rather than later and that no homes or people get hurt during this process.  We'll keep you up to date on the goings on, so stay tuned.

Questions or comments?  Please call or e-mail us:
(406) 825-6440 / rcmerc@blackfoot.net

July 20, 2017

Streamflow - 563 CFS Water Temperature - 59-67°F

     We've had some hot, windy days on Rock Creek the past week, but the fishing has been productive despite the weather.  Most of the bigger fish are being caught on nymphs, with the Purple San Juan worm catching these two beauties the past couple days:

     The water temps have been increasing with the hot weather, but we still haven't come near the dreaded "hoot owl" restrictions.  However, we do recommend a voluntary restriction when the water hits 70 degrees; they can survive that temp, but it is more stressful for them to be caught in those conditions.  Fortunately the evenings and mornings have maintained a cool crispness, so the fish are refreshed each day. 

     We are also starting to see our coveted spruce moth hatch, so look for them to become the dominant dry fly over the next couple of weeks.  There's good fishing to be had on Rock Creek (and surprisingly few people in the mornings), so come up and wet a line!

Questions or comments?  Please call or e-mail us:
(406) 825-6440 / rcmerc@blackfoot.net

July 13, 2017

Streamflow - 736 CFS Water Temperature - 57-66°F

     The hot days continue for the time being. Fortunately, we have enough water in Rock Creek to keep the water temps from jumping.  The mornings have also remained very cool, so for those wanting to avoid the heat, I'd say head out first thing.  Evenings are also producing well with yellow mayflies and purple hazes.

     If you decide to tackle the middle of the day, I'd suggest a small hopper/dropper combo such as a Chubby Chernobyl with a hare's ear or San Juan worm.  A double nymph rig would be a solid option as well.  The Rainbow Wonderbugger has also been catching trout.  If are willing to brave the hot weather or stick to the beginning or end of each day, there are fish to be caught on Rock Creek!


Questions or comments?  Please call or e-mail us:
(406) 825-6440 / rcmerc@blackfoot.net

July 5, 2017

Streamflow - 883 CFS Water Temperature - 56-63°F

     We are in the midst of a big heat wave at the moment, with temperatures getting into the 90s each day.  This means the fishing in the middle of the day is going to be pretty slow until it breaks.  Fortunately, there has been some decent production in the mornings and evenings, when the sun isn't on the water.  Red or purple attractors have been working, as are the caddis, PMD, and small stonefly patterns.  The most consistent fishing is through the nymphing, with the Jumpin' Jack Flash still being one of the top nymphs.

     If you do decide to fish the middle of the day, I'd advise to go up the river until you find spots with shade, or find one of the many cold feeder streams that flows into Rock Creek, and fish the areas around them.  The heat is tough, but there is still fishing to be had!

Questions or comments?  Please call or e-mail us:
(406) 825-6440 / rcmerc@blackfoot.net

June 28, 2017

Streamflow - 1360 CFS Water Temperature - 55-60°F

     The water is coming down slowly but surely, and though some areas are still too high to wade, more and more spots are opening up.  We've seen markedly fewer boats this week versus last week, as many of the floaters are moving to some of the rivers where salmon flies and golden stones are starting to become prevalent.

     Here on Rock Creek we still have stoneflies moving, but you will want to keep them on the smaller, yellower side.  Size 8-14 stimulators, x-patterns, and foam flies have been working well, with the Chubby Chernobyl being the top pattern recently.

     We are also starting to see some of our summer hatches, which include caddis and mayflies, and you can also use the purple haze attractor to great effect now.  There are going to be times of the day where the fish aren't rising, so when that happens, switch over to a nymph or streamer rig and fish Prince Nymphs, Jumpin' Jack Flashes, or Black Wonderbuggers.

     The weekdays have much less traffic on Rock Creek than the weekend, so if you have a chance to make it out in that time frame, there should be a good choice of water to fish.  Conditions are looking great for July, and we hope to see you out here in the coming weeks!

Questions or comments?  Please call or e-mail us:
(406) 825-6440 / rcmerc@blackfoot.net