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 September 22

 

Streamflow - 192 CFS Temperature - 50-59° F

     Rock Creek has been fishing well since the nice weather set in this past weekend.  Mild, sunny days have brought some good dry fly fishing starting in the mid-morning and throughout periods of the day, though there are going to be times when fish aren't going to look up.  When that happens, try a wide variety of nymph patterns and streamers, but keep them on the darker side if you have a lot of sunlight.  In the early mornings and late evenings, colorful nymphs and streamers are the way to go, with patterns like the Rainbow Wonderbugger, a purple prince nymph or a large orange Serendipity.  The middle of the week is still relatively quiet in terms of anglers and traffic, so if you want to head out and find lots of untouched water, that would be the time to do it.

 
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September 15

 

Streamflow - 188 CFS Temperature - 54-59° F

     Apologies for the two week delay in a new report, I've been in and out of the shop during that time frame.  The September fishing has been very good so far, and we have lots of dry fly action in the forms of October Caddis, Mahogany Duns, BWOs, red or purple attractors, and even some hoppers still!  Most of the production on top is coming in the mornings and evenings, but with the next few days being rainy, I'd try some Purple Hazes or blue-wings in the afternoons as well.

     Nymphs and streamers are also doing excellent right now.  Nymphs with either red or orange are great options this time of year, but you can still use a lot of the basic staples like Princes, Hare's Ears, or San Juan worms and get good results.  There are a wide variety of streamers being chased by trout right now too, but my preferred colors at this point in the season are black or rainbow.  They are going to only get better and better as we move into fall, too, so stockpile now for October and November for those big browns!

     Despite lower water levels, the fishing on Rock Creek is still very, very good, and with a surprising lack of people on the weekdays, there is a lot of open, untouched water should you decide to venture out in the middle of the week.  More soon.

Current Hoot Owl Restrictions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/waterClosure.html


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September 2

 

Streamflow - 166 CFS Temperature - 54-64° F

     You can feel the fall weather approaching as the nights get cooler and the days get shorter.  This past weekend, we had a cold front and wind come through Western Montana, which blew away most of the smoke.  There is still a slight haze, but conditions are immensely better now than this time a week ago.

     We have also been seeing some of our fall hatches already; namely the Mahogany Dun and the October Caddis.  As has been the trend this year, every hatch seems to be starting pretty early.  Try these patterns along with attractors (Purple Haze, Yellow Humpy) or a yellow or orange hopper or stimulator.  With any of these patterns, if you want to add a CDC emerger behind it, you increase your chances of hooking into some trout.

     Nymphs and streamers are also very consistent right now.  Try different caddis emergers or hare's ears, or you can fish a stonefly nymph pattern or girdle bug.  For streamers, you can either go basic black, or try a rainbow or brown trout minnow pattern such as our own Wonderbuggers.  Some decent sized fish have been caught recently, and many of them have been on nymphs and streamers.

     Let's hope the nice conditions remain, because if they do, September fly fishing on Rock Creek is going to be phenomenal this year.

Current Hoot Owl Restrictions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/waterClosure.html


For more details or any questions or comments, please call or e-mail us: (406) 825-6440 / rcmerc@blackfoot.net

August 26

 

Streamflow - 179 CFS Temperature - 56-64° F

     If you can tolerate the smoky conditions throughout Montana lately, Rock Creek is a great option for dry fly fishing.  This past week, the dries have come back strong, and we are using lots of different attractor colors.  Purple Hazes, Royal Wulffs, and red and yellow humpies have been catching a number of fish throughout the day.  For the most part, I would keep the patterns on the smaller sizes, but you may want to try a yellow or orange stimulator with a small dropper behind it to see what kind of looks you get.

     When in doubt, you can always resort to nymphs and streamers as well.  Caddis pupae and Hare's Ears are great options this time of year, as are dark stoneflies and girdle bugs.  The San Juans have also be extremely consistent recently.  If you want to go the streamer route, try swtinging black, white or olive buggers.

     The only thing to keep note of is the smoke, which on certain days can be very thick in the valley.  Still, we usually get a wind that blows some of it out and clears it up, and any rain we get knocks it out for awhile as well.  Here's hoping it ends soon, and if you are hesitant to come out because of it, we will write an immediate report when it starts to go away to give you notice.  But if you are willing to brave the smoke, come on out!

Current Hoot Owl Restrictions http://fwp.mt.gov/news/restrictions/waterClosure.html


For more details or any questions or comments, please call or e-mail us: (406) 825-6440 / rcmerc@blackfoot.net