Rock Creek

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's no secret that Missoula, Montana is a pretty fantastic town for a fisherman. With the Bitterroot River feeding into the Clark Fork at the southwest part of town, and the Blackfoot merging with it just east of town, anglers have access to all kinds of world class waters. Not to mention, the fabled blue ribbon Rock Creek is only a thirty minute drive east of town. 


Rock Creek is always the river that pops up in my mind when discussing the ideal, picturesque trout stream. With long runs, good holding water, plenty of boulders, and solid year round hatches, trout have a perfect little playground to live in. The salmonfly hatch of June and early July is legendary on this river, as are the crowds that come along with the arrival of this giant stonefly.

                                                                              Rock Creek Rainbow

When I picture Rock Creek though, it's of calm quiet waters rolling through the Lolo National Forest. Memories of hungry trout slamming big hoppers and caddis next to the banks of hay fields always make me smile. Rock Creek is the only place I have caught a grand slam in one day. Bringing a brown, brookie, rainbow and cutthroat to net was a pretty cool experience.


Brookie (Not sure where the brown went)


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