Rock Creek Fishing Report

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High in the Absaroka Mountains in the Beartooth Wilderness, the Rock Creek River springs to life and continues flowing for more than 55 miles until it reaches its confluence with the Clarks Fork River. The river’s initial journey is dominated by dense, pristine forests and soaring, snow-capped mountains. After a short distance of about 15 miles, the river passes by the town of Red Lodge where the landscape opens onto soft, hilly pastureland. As is true with many rivers in this part of Montana, its banks are lined with thick stands of majestic cottonwood trees, tall reeds and wooly brush. As a result of Rock Creek’s original elevation, and that of the rivers that flow into it, the river maintains trout friendly, cool temperatures throughout most of the year.

 

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Famous for its trout, the mountain stretch of the river is most likely to yield small cutthroat and brook trout that can be brought in with a variety of dry flies. Despite the gorgeous scenery and dependable fishing, with the exception of summer weekend campers, this part of the river is rarely congested. Larger browns, rainbow and bull trout are more likely found below the town of Red Lodge. This is an excellent place for those who prefer wading to floating; the river tends to be narrow and shallow enough to easily navigate on foot.
 
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Most experts agree that float fishing Rock Creek is difficult and probably not worth the effort. The combination of sharp turns, narrow passages and low water through summer months, arguably make floating a bad choice. But for those willing to wade, Rock Creek generously rewards anglers with ample fish throughout the year. The river is particularly giving in late June and early July during the salmon fly hatch, although many who know the river well will dispute that. Those most familiar with Rock Creek say the best fishing can be found downstream in the early months of fall. That’s when the super-sized, aggressive browns and rainbows spawn and swim from Clark Fork and pour into the Rock Creek. Then you can get out your streamers and net in fish averaging 13” to 18” long. Some of the best fishing access sites to do this include Water Birch Fishing Access, Bull Springs, Beaver Lodge, and Horse Thief Station.
 
Source:
Beartooth Wilderness, Absaroka Range
Mouth:
Confluence with Clark Fork and Yellowstone
Length:
55 miles
Basin:
70,000 sq miles
Seasonal Conditions
Season
Temperature
Hatches
Spring
40 - 67
 F
Skwala, March Browns, Blue Winged Olives
Summer
48 - 81
 F
Salmonflies, Golden Stoneflies & caddishes
Fall
25 - 44
 F
Caddishes, Pale Morning Duns, ants, beetles & grasshoppers
Winter
22 - 41
 F
Midges
Guide Reports
Went over to rock creek for the last three days for an excellent stay in the mountains With some excellent fishing with salmonflies,
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Thursday, 9 Jun, 2016
Fish Caught:
20 fish or more
The warmer weather of the last couple of weeks has made Rock Creek fishable with things starting around 11am. The nymphing has been working well including San Juan’s, Princes, ... moreLightning bugs, and Rubberlegs. Keep your dry flies at home as there is no action on top.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Monday, 1 Feb, 2016
The bigger fish are hanging low so keep your Nymphs and Streamers all the way on the bottom. Be careful of the ice that has formed along the shore. Midge activity will be weak until ... moreJanuary.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2015
As we approach the winter months, Rock Creek is best with nymphs and streamers. Wait till January to break out your Midges.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Tuesday, 1 Dec, 2015
Time to start fishing streamers. As it warms in the afternoons, you can try some ants and beetles. Down deeper are the larger fish. Baetis hatches are appearing in the morning.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Sunday, 15 Nov, 2015
Fishing Trips
  • Experienced guide
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Destination:
Current Forecast
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Fishing Access Sites
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
4 acres
Elevation:
4,101 ft
Activities:
Fishing
Boat Services:
Hand Launch
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
77 acres
Elevation:
4,790 ft
Activities:
Fishing, Camping, Hunting
Boat Services:
Hand Launch
Campground:
Primitive Campsite
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
32 acres
Elevation:
4,980 ft
Activities:
Fishing, Camping, Hunting
Campground:
Campsite
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
60 acres
Elevation:
5,075 ft
Activities:
Fishing, Hunting
Boat Services:
Hand Launch
Campground:
Campsite
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
84 acres
Elevation:
5,230 ft
Activities:
Fishing, Camping, Hunting
Campground:
Primitive Campsite
Sanitation & Water:
Toilet
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Fishing Water Reports:
Size:
65 acres
Elevation:
4,094 ft
Activities:
Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife Viewing
Boat Services:
Hand Launch
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Rock Creek is rated as one of the top trout fishing rivers inthe US by Bob Mallard, author of 25 Best Towns - Fly Fishing for Trout
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