Rock Creek, Western Montana

Philipsburg, Montana

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Rock Creek is the quintessential freestone trout stream in Western Montana. Careful regulations, limited development and ready access, all contribute to the allure of Rock Creek. Yet, when you add a healthy trout population and bountiful aquatic life, the picture is complete. From its modest beginnings between the John Long and Sapphire Mountains at the confluence of its East, Middle and West forks, Rock Creek tumbles 52 miles to the Clark Fork. Rock Creek is an excellent choice for anglers of all ability levels and is the best place around Missoula to view big game including bighorn sheep, elk, deer, moose, and less frequently black bear and mountain lion. Rock Creek is a perennial favorite to anyone who has ever wet a line in its rushing waters. Types of Fish: Brook, Brown, Bull, Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.
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Fly Fishing Montana

by Brian & Jenny Grossenbacher (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)

Rock Creek is the quintessential freestone trout stream in Western Montana. Careful regulations, limited development and ready access, all contribute to the allure of Rock Creek. Yet, when you add a healthy trout population and bountiful aquatic life, the picture is complete. From its modest beginnings between the John Long and Sapphire Mountains at the confluence of its East, Middle and West forks, Rock Creek tumbles 52 miles to the Clark Fork.

Rock Creek is an excellent choice for anglers of all ability levels and is the best place around Missoula to view big game including bighorn sheep, elk, deer, moose, and less frequently black bear and mountain lion. Rock Creek is a perennial favorite to anyone who has ever wet a line in its rushing waters. Types of Fish: Brook, Brown, Bull, Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.

©  Brian & Jenny Grossenbacher/No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Philipsburg
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: Best March through August
Local Contacts: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Lolo National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Rock Creek, Western Montana

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