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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 15, 2018

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

 Pre-Party at 6 pm.  Free Notorious P.I.G. and Big Sky Beer!

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

Bitterroot River

Mild weather this weekend with a bit of snow, means fishing is still an option.  Double nymph rigs are the way to go right now.  Fishing slower, deeper walking speed water like inside bends and tail outs.  San Juans, Rubberlegs, Double bead Peacock Stones, Eggs, Princes and PTs.  Streamer fishing slow and deep is another option.  The fish aren’t going to move far to eat a streamer.  So make sure you aren’t ripping your streamers, but slow down big time.  Flash Minnows, Sparkle Minnows, Cheech Leeches and Peanuts are great winter bugs.  There are a few midges out and even a few fish rising.  It’s definitely not great dry fly fishing, but you could have a chance at your first 2018 dry fly fish.  Sz 18-22 Griffith’s Gnats, Adams or P-Haze’s.

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

Wade fishing is about the only way to get out on the Clarkfork.  Boat ramps are pretty dicey with ice and snow still on them.  We’ve had lots of reports of decent fishing in and around town.  Not much for dry fly action.  Nymphing has been the way to go and will be for the next month or so.  Typical winter double nymph rigs with San Juans, Eggs, PT’s, Princes, Rubberlegs and Double Bead Stones.  Streamer fishing is an option if you’re willing to throw smaller streamers (fry patterns even) and dead drift or just slow jig them in likely areas.  Work the water hard and you’ll be rewarded.

Missouri River at Holter Dam

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

More and more people are giving us good reports for the Creek.  Nothing crazy right now, but very fishable and worth an afternoon of fishing.  Nymphing is about the only way to get them consistently, but streamers and even a few fish eating midges.  San Juans, Eggs, Double Bead Stones, PT’s and Princes in walking speed water and tailouts.  The few fish eating streamers will eat a JJ Special, Smoke n Mirrors or Krystal Bugger fished low and slow.  If you see fish sipping midges throw on a Griffith’s Gnat or Adams in a sz 18-22.

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