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June 28, 2017

Streamflow - 1360 CFS Water Temperature - 55-60°F

     The water is coming down slowly but surely, and though some areas are still too high to wade, more and more spots are opening up.  We've seen markedly fewer boats this week versus last week, as many of the floaters are moving to some of the rivers where salmon flies and golden stones are starting to become prevalent.

     Here on Rock Creek we still have stoneflies moving, but you will want to keep them on the smaller, yellower side.  Size 8-14 stimulators, x-patterns, and foam flies have been working well, with the Chubby Chernobyl being the top pattern recently.

     We are also starting to see some of our summer hatches, which include caddis and mayflies, and you can also use the purple haze attractor to great effect now.  There are going to be times of the day where the fish aren't rising, so when that happens, switch over to a nymph or streamer rig and fish Prince Nymphs, Jumpin' Jack Flashes, or Black Wonderbuggers.

     The weekdays have much less traffic on Rock Creek than the weekend, so if you have a chance to make it out in that time frame, there should be a good choice of water to fish.  Conditions are looking great for July, and we hope to see you out here in the coming weeks!

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

June 19, 2017

Streamflow - 2000 CFS Water Temperature - 49-51°F

     Finally, a sunny week!  With the water coming down and the salmon flies back out, things are looking good as we move into the final week and a half of float fishing on Rock Creek.  In addition to the salmon flies, we also have golden stones, drakes, and caddis, the latter two out in the evenings on the creek. 

     You can also stick to nymphs and streamer patterns as well.  Black Wonderbuggers are good on the sunny days, and Jumpin' Jack Flashes or pink San Juan worms are great options to drop behind a large stonefly.

     Also, with the other rivers starting to get their stonefly patterns, Rock Creek has much less traffic, especially on the weekdays.  So if you are looking to get in some fun fishing, come try Rock Creek!

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

June 15, 2017

Streamflow - 3360 CFS Water Temperature - 49-51°F

     Two days ago, we had a 24-hour torrent of rain, and it hit Granite County the hardest out of anywhere in Montana.  As a result, Rock Creek swelled to its highest level in a very long time.  It crested yesterday at 5200 cfs, and areas like Valley of the Moon flooded badly:

Photo by Martin Battilana 6/14/2017

      Fortunately, the river is coming down quickly, and we're hoping by this weekend it will be in better shape for fishing.  Keep an eye on the USGS link, and once it gets below 2000 cfs, the river should be in much better shape for fishing.

     If you're planning on floating, keep in mind that new log jams could have formed from the flooding, so check with your local guides and fly shops before heading out on the water.  We will have updates for you on floating conditions as we get them.  The one silver lining to these high water conditions is that when things return to normal, those fish are going to be hungry for salmon flies, golden stones, and green drakes.

     More soon.


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


June 12, 2017

Streamflow - 995 CFS Water Temperature - 50-52°F

     We've had some rain and some unseasonably cold nights and mornings the past few days, and the river has dropped even more as a result.  The salmon flies continue to rule as the top dry fly, but the golden stone and the green drake are coming soon, and fish will be taking them all over the creek.  For nymphs, the Jumpin Jack Flash has been very effective on the rainy days, and a San Juan worm behind one of the big dries is an excellent combination as well.

     The water should get more and more wadeable as the month progresses, so if you are a foot fisherman, keep watching that streamflow.  The lower it goes, the fewer rafters you will see.

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

June 7, 2017

Streamflow - 1610 CFS Water Temperature - 51-53°F

     The water level has dropped significantly over the past couple days, and I've been starting to get reports of fish rising to salmon fly patterns!  The best times have been in the early to mid-afternoon, so until then, try a pink San Juan or a large stonefly nymph through the mornings.

     The big bugs have been reported as far up as the Microburst, and they seem to now be strongest in the middle section of the river.  I would expect a secondary hatch though, given the circumstances of the spring weather, and don't forget that golden stones and green drakes are also right around the corner. 

     The next two days are supposed to be very hot, so we will have to wait and see how much that might bump the cfs, but remember that Rock Creek has an amazing ability to recover from high water quickly, so I would expect this weekend to be stellar fishing even if the water spikes again. 

     More soon.

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

June 2, 2017

Streamflow - 2220 CFS Water Temperature - 48-51°F

     Yesterday we had a few storms roll through Rock Creek, bringing heavy rain and a bump in the streamflow.  As of this morning, it seems to have leveled off, and with today being sunny and mild it should start to come back down.  So far the salmon fly fishing hasn't picked up, but the bugs are amassing in the lower 10 miles and starting to fly, and the fish are bound to look up for them soon.

     Until that happens, the girdle bug with a red San Juan trailer has been the best combination, or you can try your luck with an articulated streamer to see if you can attract one of the large, predatory trout.

     If you plan on floating this season, give us a call or e-mail for information on potential hazards.  For the most part the stream is in good shape, but there are a couple spots on which floaters should be informed.

     Lastly, we have rooms still available for the month of June.  Open dates currently range from June 2-7 and June 11-14.  If you're looking to escape the bustle of Missoula but don't want to shell out $200+ per night for a cabin, this is a great alternative...and having Ekstrom's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and fishing a short walk away is nice incentive as well!  If you're interested, give us a call or e-mail. 

     More soon!

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