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October 20, 2016

Streamflow - 246 CFS Temperature - 41-46° F

     Eat your hearts out, Billy, Chuck and Catfish!  It's the last fishing report of the season, and what a good one it has been.  Rock Creek had a stellar salmon fly season, lots of caddis and mayflies through the summer, and it still continues to fish well with streamers, nymphs, and small BWOs as we move further into autumn.  This winter we are supposed to get a lot of snow (if the predictions prove true), and that will hopefully translate to healthy snowpacks and healthy water throughout 2017. 

     For those who haven't stopped fishing Rock Creek this year; fish white or yellow/brown streamers, or try a double nymph tandem, such as a Prince Nymph with a small Copper John in tow.  If you have any purple in your fly box, fish those patterns as well.  Dry fly fishing has been scarce due to the inconsistent weather, but your best bet is going to be with a blue-winged olive or a Purple Haze on the cloudier days.

     We will be open throughout the winter season from 9-2 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  Also, the weekend after Thanksgiving, the Fly Tyer's Roundtable will be back in the shop, starting at 10AM every Saturday through the winter.  Lessons are completely free, and we can supply all the gear and tying materials you need; although if you have your own equipment, definitely bring it out!

      Thanks to everyone who supported our shop this year; we wouldn't be here without you fantastic fisher friends, and we look forward to seeing you next season!  Cheers and tight lines!


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

October 5, 2016

Streamflow - 259 CFS Temperature - 46-48° F

     As soon as October hit, we almost instantly saw colder weather and very rainy conditions.  It brought the water levels up and the water temps down.  As you can guess, not many people have come out in the rain and cooler conditions.  However, the anglers that have come out have had great production with nymphs and streamers.  Orange caddis nymphs, flashy stoneflies, and San Juan worms have been the top producing nymphs so far, and various brown/yellow or olive streamers have been pulling fish in the 20-inch range.

     October (and sometimes even November) sees a lot of big browns coming up from the Clark Fork, and they get aggressive with the streamer patterns especially.  It is a great time to hook into some big fish, and the pressure is minimal.  So if you have some time to come out and wet a line, I'd highly recommend Rock Creek!

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

September 27, 2016

Streamflow - 223 CFS Temperature - 50-56° F

     The rainy weather last week has kept the water levels on Rock Creek healthy for the time of year, and the fishing has picked up as a result.  This week, we are having some nice, warm sunny weather that is creating good fishing conditions.  On Monday afternoon, I saw virtually no traffic going up the road, so there are undoubtedly lots of fishing holes that are open up the Creek. 

     Purple Hazes and other purple attractors have been the most consistent patterns, but you can also use terrestrials, October caddis, and small mayflies / crippled emergers and have some solid production.  And as we move into October, streamers become more and more viable of an option.

     There is good fishing to be had, and fewer people up here (especially on the weekdays), so if you have some free time and want to fish, come up to Rock Creek!

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

September 19, 2016

Streamflow - 206 CFS Temperature - 52-56° F

     It's been up and down fishing so far, which is partly due to the fluctuating weather.  We've had some mornings where the temps dipped below freezing, and this week is supposed to be a rainy one.  That means for the time being the best production is going to come from nymph and streamer fishing, though in the right windows, smaller dries like BWOs or crippled emerger mayflies will produce well. 

     For your nymphs, keep using smaller hare's ears, pheasant tails, and prince nymphs, or keep dropping October caddis nymphs on them.  If you fish streamers, black buggers have been successful as have rainbow or brown trout imitations

     Fishing may be up and down right now, but Rock Creek always tends to recover quickly.  Watch for a consistent patch of decent weather if you are looking for dry fly production.  Towards the end of this week, we are supposed to have pretty consistent rain, so for those of you who don't mind venturing out in wetter condition, it should be great for the subsurface fishing.

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

September 12, 2016

Streamflow - 189 CFS Temperature - 50-56° F

     Apologies for not getting a report out sooner, we've been having issues with updating pages on our website recently.  Things are back on track now, though, and we're ready to roll out some September reports for Rock Creek.

     The water temps have cooled significantly in the past few weeks, and bigger fish have been moving throughout the day as a result.  If it's warm enough, you can still use grasshopper or other terrestrial patterns, but for the most part, we've given way to our staple fall fishing patterns.  Try elk hair caddis, October caddis, Mahogany Duns, or BWOs for your dry flies.

     Nymphing and streamer fishing is also doing really well now.  Of course, our Wonderbugger patterns are great options this time of year, but you can also fish Hare's Ear droppers or our own Orange Serendipity pattern, which resembles the October caddis nymph well.

     Now that Labor Day has come and gone, there are fewer crowds up here and plenty of open water and great fishing.  Some come on up and wet a line out here at Rock Creek!

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