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April 24 2016

 

Streamflow - 1660 CFS Temperature - 43-47° F

     It seems the runoff season has started early this year.  Last week, we had very sunny and warm days with temperatures ranging into the 70s and low 80s, and the rivers across Montana have bumped up as a result.  Fortunately, the warm weather has immediately been followed by much cooler, rainier weather, and the waters will level out and clear up a little because of it.  A few boats are starting to float Rock Creek, but for the most part, people are aiming for side channels or simply fishing the shorelines at this water level.  I would use the combination of a skwala with a girdle bug dropper or you could fish a yellow or white bugger if you are a streamer fisherman.  Rock Creek hasn't hit that runoff "chocolate milk" color yet, and that likely won't happen until a week or two into May, so if you want to come out and give it a try, you should get some solid production, even in this higher water.

     More soon (two weeks until the updates become more frequent).


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April 9, 2016

 

Streamflow - 621 CFS Temperature - 47-52° F

     Hello friends!  Apologies for not updating as much as I have done in previous springs; I have been living in Kalispell the past few months for seasonal work and haven't had much time to bring updates about Rock Creek.  Starting in May, the reports will become more full-time, but they will be a little sporadic until then.

     Rock Creek has been seeing some very solid fishing these past few weeks, and the fish being pulled out have been averaging a very good size, especially lately.  There is something about the spring dry fly fishing that is amazing for catching bigger fish here, and some trout being caught have been in the 20-inch range!  The most lethal fishing rig as of late has been a Skwala pattern with a red or pink San Juan worm trailing behind it.  Fishing this combo in the late mornings and through the afternoons has been very effective.  In the evenings, when the sun goes behind the hills, I would try putting on a March Brown pattern and see if you can get a trout to rise to it.  There has also been a lot of luck with stonefly and prince nymphs as well.

     The warm weather has been bringing streamflows up across all of Montana, but Rock Creek hasn't blown out and is still in very good fishing shape.  This trend will likely hold until May, when the main runoff occurs and just before the salmon fly season starts.  So until then, get those small stonefly and brown mayfly patterns out and come fish Rock Creek!


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