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Grizzly Hackle Mizzoula's Fly Shop Fish Report

Grizzly Hackle
215 West Front Street Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406.721.8996
January 8, 2018

The Fly Fishing Film Tour will be here February 3rd!  Get your tickets now!

Fly Tying Nights are back!  January 11 & 25 at 6:30 here at the shop.  Free fly tying night.

Bitterroot River

The warmer temps this weekend opened up the river.  There’s still a bit of shelf ice, but other than that it’s very fishable.  It’s by no means fishing amazingly, but you can get out in the warmest parts of the afternoon and get into fish.  Nymphing is your best bet with San Jauns, Double Bead Stones, Lightning Bugs, Zebra Midges, Eggs and Rubberlegs.  Work water that is walking speed like the inside of bends and drop offs below rifles.  A few midges are out, but no fish eating them yet.  This week it looks like it won’t be getting all that cold so you can venture out in the afternoon.

Blackfoot River

Lots of snow and ice up here.  There are definitely open sections to fish, but there are better options like the Mo or even the Bitterroot.


Clark Fork River

It’s pretty open west of town with the warmer temps we had the last few days.  You can definitely get out…  Boat ramps are another question as most are full of snow and ice.  Be careful out there.  Nymphing will be your best option with San Juans, PT’s, Princes, Double Bead Stones, Eggs and Zebra Midges.

Missouri River

Warmer temps are making for easier fishing over on the Mo.  Typical winter stuff is the name of the game with pink being the color to go with…  Amexs, Czechs, Lightning Bugs, Scuds, Ray Charles and Sow Bugs.  People are really getting into the swinging for fish over there.  It’s a text book river for two handed fishing and the fish seem to be into it too.  Black Leech patterns are the way to go in the winter, but it’s streamer fishing and being willing to change up colors will help you figure out the bite.

Rock Creek

There is open water, but lots of snow.  We’ve seen a few pics floating around of people fishing on the Creek.  If you go San Juans, Eggs, Lightning Bugs, Zebra Midges, Princes and Rubberlegs.

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