Rock Creek is perhaps the best option in the Clark Fork drainage for consistent winter and early spring angling. During this time of year, trout are more and more concentrated in the deeper runs and out of the long shallows they inhabit throughout the summer and fall. Nymphing and swinging are the name of the game, but do not rule out rising fish during midge hatches on warmer days, especially when the sun is on the water.
BEST TECHNIQUES Nymphing, streamers, are the name of the game. Dry flies when the sun is on the water or air temperatures hit the mid 30s, as midges will be hatching and fish will rise to eat.
TIPS OF THE WEEK
The fish have moved into their winter holes and you should be fishing them for good numbers of hook ups Deep slow runs are good 3-5 deep green chop runs are even better. Be on the lookout for little black or brown stoneflies and midge hatches on warmer days and sunshine.
7 DAY OUTLOOK
Rock Creek is in great shape for the winter!
Good luck from the team at Blackfoot River Outfitters and Flint Creek Outdoors! FCO in Philipsburg is open Thursday-Monday from 9a-5p. Be sure to stop in to talk to Josh for your Orvis gear and the best fly selection in the region.
Low and clear. Perfect for getting to those fish in winter holding spots.
Midges, Little black and little brown stoneflies.
NYMPHS - Pat's Rubber Legs, brown, #6; Hare's Ear Nymph, #10-14; Pheasant Tail Nymph, #14-18; Pink San Juan Worm, #8-10; Montana Prince, tan, #12-16
DRIES - BWO's, #16-20; Purple Haze, #10-18
STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 in Olive; Zonkers #6, 8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow; Kreelex Fly #6 in Copper/Gold, Gold/Silver, or Purple/Silver.