|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!
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