TIPS OF THE WEEK –
1. Think slow inside deeper bends, runs with a couple feet of walking speed water and structure, riffles, and undercut banks.
2. Fish streamers in the morning and evening.
3. Perdigons underneath a micro chubby have been working mid-day. Think October Caddis sized chubbies, too. BWO and mahogany emergers have been working to rising fish.
7 DAY OUTLOOK –
Fall flows are good and the weather looks cold but great. Get out and enjoy our wonderful fall fishing!
BEST TECHNIQUES – Dry dropper rigs and double and single rig nymphing, mid-length leash.
Good luck and don’t forget to stop in our Philipsburg shop Flint Creek Outdoors and our NEW JACKALOPE JAVA espresso bar! We’re open 7-4 seven days a week. Be sure to stop in, grab a coffee, some Orvis gear, and flies from the the best fly selection in the region.
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NYMPHS - TJ Hooker in coffee, #10-12; Pat's Rubber Legs in black, brown, #6-#10; Pheasant Tail Nymph, #10-18; Pink San Juan Worm #8-10; Hot Bead San Juan Worm Red; Montana Prince tan #12-16, double bead stone black #4-6; perdigons in 14-18
DRIES - October Caddis #8-#10; Purple haze #14-20; peach micro chubby chernobyl, chubby chernobyl in various colors/sizes; foam ant patterns in size 16
STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 in Olive; Zonkers #6, 8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow; Kreelex Minnow #6 in Copper/Gold, Gold/Silver, or Purple/Silver.
Ice affected at the time of this report
Water temperature at mid-day
Best time of day to fish
The entire creek is fishing well.
Best access point
Upper: Gilles Bridge
Lower: Valley of the Moon
Cutthroat, rainbow, cutt-bow, brown, bull, some brook trout, and whitefish.
Open year round, but catch and release for trout during winter.
Missoula International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet
3x and 4x top to bottom bug respectively unless you are swinging streamers then bump up to 2x
Best fly fishing rod
Crisp 9' 5wt for nymphing but super fun spot to swing streamers with switch rods.