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August 19, 2016

Streamflow - 243 CFS Temperature - 58-68° F

     After another several days of hot weather, Rock Creek received some much needed rain last night, and the water will be in great shape heading into the weekend.  There are still caddis and mayflies working in the mornings and evenings, but in the middle of the day, terrestrials and nymphs are the best options.  Try a black ant with a pheasant tail dropper, or you can fish a yellow humpy or purple haze attractor

     The dry fly fishing has been surprisingly good for this time of the summer, and you can always fish a wide variety of nymph patterns for consistent production too, so come on out and wet a line on Rock Creek!    

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


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August 12, 2016

Streamflow - 274 CFS Temperature - 56-64° F

     This past week, we received some much needed cold weather and rain, which both bumped the river right to the yearly average and also removed Hoot Owl restrictions from some of the other rivers.  All in all, fishing conditions just got much better.  We are supposed to have more hot weather over the next week, but the nights are now cold and long, and that will help regulate the water temps on rivers like the Bitterroot and Blackfoot.

     On Rock Creek, I'd still fish first thing in the morning with nymph patterns like Copper Johns or caddis pupae, and as soon as the sun rises over the mountains, switch over to either a caddis, a mayfly, or a spruce moth depending on what you see flying.  You can also use yellow and purple attractors, and though it's early, a few fishermen even had some luck on small orange stimulators and caddis.

     We really haven't been seeing much traffic up Rock Creek recently, so I know there are open fishing spots here and people not taking advantage of them.  The re-opening of the other rivers will likely keep the crowds down here as well.  So if you want a good weekend option, try Rock Creek and come visit us in the shop!

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


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August 2, 2016

Streamflow - 233 CFS Temperature - 57-68° F

    Once again, the Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers have received Hoot Owl restrictions due to warming water.  This means that from 2 PM to Midnight, fishing is prohibited on the designated sections of these rivers.  Like last year, I've attached a direct link to the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks river closures page so you can get up-to-date information on what is closed for Hoot Owl.

     Fortunately, Rock Creek is not one of the rivers seeing restrictions, and you can still have some great fishing here.  That being said, I'd recommend avoiding fishing in the afternoons and evenings on the particularly hot days since the fish can still get stressed.  It is also a good idea to release the fish as quickly as possible, and don't play them for too long.  The more efficiently you catch and release the trout, the better the chance the fish lives to see another day on the end of a line!

     Mornings on Rock Creek are easily the best time to fish it at this point in the summer.  You can start well before sunrise and fish caddis, spruce moths, or basic nymph patterns and have a lot of production.  As you get into the mid to late morning, switch over to bigger terrestrials like grasshoppers, ants, or beetles, and stick a small dropper behind them.  A lot of the simpler patterns have been working very well lately too, such as Royal Trudes or Parachute Adams.  Also, fish these patterns through the riffles and shallow rapids because a lot of the fish are moving into these sections to receive more oxygenated water.  I've seen some big fish taken out of water no deeper than a foot.

     If Rock Creek gets restrictions, I'll be sure to post on here and on the Facebook page immediately, however, I don't foresee it getting hit with any closures.  The geography of Rock Creek tends to keep it cooler than the other rivers in the area, and we typically have long, cooler evenings up this valley which brings the water into nice shape, especially in the mornings.  So come on up and give it a shot!

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

 


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(406) 825-6440 / rcmerc@blackfoot.net

July 26, 2016

Streamflow - 254 CFS Temperature - 60-70° F

    It's been very quiet around Rock Creek this past week, mostly due to the heat wave that's been gripping us (and apparently most of the nation).  As you can see, the water temps have been going up.  While Rock Creek hasn't hit the dreaded 73 degrees that trigger Hoot Owl restrictions, it is still getting warm enough in the afternoons to the point that we don't recommend fishing it in that time frame.  The only exception to this would be to find shaded areas or spots where cold feeder creeks run into Rock Creek. 

     That all being said, I highly recommend trying some morning fishing here.  Nymphing early can have some great results and then as soon as you see the spruce moth, tie your dries on.  Purple and red attractors are still excellent options as well, and hopper/dropper patterns are good choices for the late morning.  There are several hours of good fishing that aren't going to stress out the trout, and there is virtually nobody here in the mornings to take advantage of it.

     Due to the hot weather, we will be closing the shop a little earlier than we have been, however we will still be open at 7AM every day (7:30 on Sunday) so we will be here to provide all your fishing needs during the best time frame for fishing.  Here is hoping we will see cooler weather soon and get back to all-day fishing on Rock Creek and all the other rivers here.


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