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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 12, 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

Fishing is definitely on the table right now as we aren’t having super cold temps to lock up the river.  The snow, rain, sleet and snow melt is keeping water temps cold though.  Fish aren’t chowing hard right now, but if you put your time in and work areas where fish are holding hard, you’ll be rewarded.  It’s a nymphing game right now with San Juan’s, Eggs, Rubberlegs, Princes, PT’s, Lightning Bugs and Double Bead Stones.  Fish walking speed water that’s deep enough to hold fish.  Streamer fishing is an option as long as you slow everything way down.  Olive/Gold, White/Gold or Black are our favorite winter colors for streamers.

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 and should stay that way until we get colder weather.  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 at Holter Dam

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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