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Fly Fishing Report for:

Rock Creek - Clinton - Montana

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midge Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, Black Beauty
February Midge Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
March Midge, Blue Winged Olive Afternoon 16-22 Zebra Midge, Pheasant Tail
April Blue Winged Olive, Skwala Stonefly Midday and Early Evening 10-18 BWO Emerger, Skwala Dry
May Sally Stonefly, Pale Morning Dun Midday and Early Evening 14-18 Yellow Sally Dry, Light Cahill
June Green Drake, Golden Stonefly Midday and Early Evening 10-14 Green Drake Dry, Golden Stone Nymph
July Maroon Caddis, PMD Midday and Early Evening 14-18 Godard Caddis, Hare's Ear Nymph
August Hopper, Rusty Spinner Midday and Evening 10-16 Parachute Hopper, Rusty Spinner Dry
September Terrestrial, Mahogany Dun Afternoon and Evening 14-18 Ant Pattern, Parachute Adams
October Blue Winged Olive, October Caddis Morning and Afternoon 14-18 BWO Dry, Orange Stimulator
November Midge, Blue Winged Olive Morning and Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, BWO Nymph
December Midge Midday 18-22 Zebra Midge, Black Beauty

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Rock Creek – Clinton region offers some of the best spots for fly fishing. Notable among them are:

  • Bonita Station: This spot is renowned for its excellent Rainbow and Brown trout populations.
  • Harry’s Flat: The fast-paced waters here create an exciting challenge for experienced fly fishers.
  • Ramsey’s Crossing: This spot is ideal for beginners due to its easy access and gentle current.
  • Quigley Bridge: The stretch of water near the bridge tears into riffles and runs, making it a great place for fly fishers.
  • Sawmill Canyon: This section of the creek is highly regarded for its high trout density.

These destinations offer a magnificent fly fishing experience with a combination of serene landscapes and abundant fish species.

Best Access Points

Rock Creek – Clinton is renowned for its stunning fly-fishing locations. Some key access points and tips to enhance your fishing experience include:

  • Beavertail Hill State Park: Start here for notable brown and cutthroat trout populations.
  • Harry Morgan Fishing Access Site: Also a decent option with convenient road access and campgrounds.
  • Ekstrom’s Stage Station: Check out this hub, coupled with lodge and restaurant offering space for relaxation and enjoyment post fishing.

Remember:

  1. Follow the catch and release regulation to contribute in preserving the fish population.
  2. Be conscious of seasonality and fishing conditions. In spring and fall, the fishing potential is at its peak.
  3. Permits and licenses: Ensure to have all necessary fishing permits and adhere to local laws.

Local Fish

  • Trout: The Rock Creek-Clinton region is known for its abundant populations of Rainbow, Brown, and Cutthroat Trout. These species are popular amongst fly fishermen for their agile swimming ability and fighting spirit.
  • Smallmouth Bass: This fish, found in warmer water streams and lakes, is considered a premium trophy fish. It puts up a great fight when hooked, creating an exciting challenge for fly fishermen.
  • Catfish: While not as common as trout or smallmouth bass, the Rock Creek-Clinton area has populations of Channel Catfish and, occasionally, Flathead Catfish that offer a different challenge for fly fishing enthusiasts.
  • Pike: Northern Pike are large, aggressive fish that are prized by fly fishermen for their size and strength.
  • Bluegill: These small, abundant fish are a great choice for beginners to practice their casting and retrieval techniques. They are commonly found in ponds and creeks throughout the region.
  • Yellow Perch: Another popular choice for fly fishing, Yellow Perch offer a fun fishing experience with their aggressive biting and quick swimming.
  • Carp: Although often overlooked, the Carp in Rock Creek-Clinton provide a very challenging experience for fly fishermen due to their size and careful feeding habits.
  • Walleye: Walleyes are a prized catch in many freshwater environments and can be a fun, challenging species to target on the fly in the Rock Creek-Clinton region.

About The River

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Washington D.C. lies the enchanting Rock Creek-Clinton community. Home to historical parks and exciting recreational activities, this area boasts a fascinating history. Rock Creek, which spans across Maryland and D.C., has hosted thriving communities for centuries. In 1865, a pivotal year, Rodman’s Bridge was built over Rock Creek, boosting connectivity and fostering the growth we see today.

In contrast, Clinton’s roots lie in entrepreneurial spirit, starting humbly as a trading post, evolving into a major center for horse racing. The turning point came with the arrival of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in the early 19th century. It transformed Clinton into a bustling hub for business.

Today, both Rock Creek and Clinton warmly extend their rich tapestry of history filled with character and charm. From tranquil parks to lively attractions, the Rock Creek-Clinton community is a hidden treasure indeed!

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