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March 30


Streamflow - 762 CFS Temperature - N/A

     Apologies for the long delay in a fishing report, I was on a long road trip to Corpus Christi, Texas for a different type of fishing altogether!  But it's good to be back in Montana and just in time for some great spring fishing on Rock Creek.

     If you have kept up with the river conditions, you will see Rock Creek's streamflow has stayed steady over the past week and a half in the 700 cfs range.  While that's higher than the average for the time of the year, the lack of a rise in levels has allowed Rock Creek to become very clear and very fishable.  Just choose wisely with where you decide to wade, and you'll have some good fishing.

     One of the more unusual patterns that has been working recently is a beige or light tan Chubby Chernobyl, so I would make this your go-to attractor pattern for the time being.  In fact, I would probably opt for this pattern versus a classic Skwala right now.  An angler who used this pattern yesterday said it was some of the best fishing he'd had in years.  Aim for late morning into the afternoons for this pattern.  Otherwise, try March Browns and BWOs (the latter especially when it's rainy), stonefly nymphs, girdle bugs, and San Juans.

     It should be another great year of fishing, so stay tuned!  More soon.

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March 18


Streamflow - 771 CFS Temperature - N/A

     The streamflow has increased  by several hundred cfs over the past few days, and though Rock Creek isn't blown out, it is running higher than usual for the time of year and has a touch of cloudiness to it as well.  While I wouldn't call it a deal breaker, I'd advise people coming out to be careful when wading, and to switch up the smaller nymphs for larger girdle bugs and streamers.  We have also had constant cloud cover and precipitation since the last report, so bundle up accordingly, and keep an eye out for small mayflies (March Browns and BWOs) that can emerge quickly in conditions like these.

     I am heading out of state for the remainder of the month, but I will get someone to update this page while I am away.  Stay tuned for more!

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March 14


Streamflow - 340 CFS Temperature - N/A

     While the nymphing has remained the best option this week, there are reports of fish rising to small black midges over the past couple of days.  I've also heard that a few skwalas have been spotted, though they aren't in big numbers just yet.  The water temperature will likely have to increase a few degrees before the dry flies really get going, but I would try putting on a small black Adams or a Quill Gordon to imitate these early midges that we've been seeing on the water.

     On a side note, if you are out on the Creek and you catch a nice trout, send me a picture and I will happily post it along with these reports.  Here's hoping for a great year of fishing!

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March 11


Streamflow - 321 CFS Temperature - N/A

     It's time to fire up the fishing reports for the year!  The recent warm weather has put a nice jump start to fishing on Rock Creek, and while there isn't much to be had for dry flies yet, the nymph and streamer game is catching some nice fish right now!

     For the most part, stick with smaller nymphs like a beadhead prince or hare's ear.  You can also have some luck with a Pat's rubber leg, San Juan worms, or streamers like Wonderbuggers or sparkle minnows.  The past couple of days we have had temperatures ranging in the 40s and 50s, and if it continues, we should see some March Browns very quickly and perhaps even some skwalas!  I would have them in your flybox and ready just in case you see anything flying.

     One thing to note; Rock Creek Road is still snowy and icy in the middle portions of the Creek.  While some people have gone up and down the entire way, it's best to have a solid rig if you want to tackle places like the Microburst or Morgan Case Homestead...and be sure to take it slow on the parts of the road the sun hasn't reached yet.

     More soon!

For more details or any questions or comments, please call or e-mail us: (406) 825-6440 / rcmerc@blackfoot.net