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Fun day on Rock Creek

By Troutnut on July 9th, 2019
July 9th was the fishiest day of the wife-oriented portion of this Montana trip. After a late-morning start, we drove the scenic highway from Philipsburg to Rock Creek and then down the valley to a spot that fished really well last year. My backpack included a Jetboil, can of Campbell's chicken noodle soup, a Mountain House meal, tea, apples, a large book about genetics, and several other unconventional amenities designed to keep everybody happy on the river for 8+ hours. It worked, I think.

The fishing was good for most places and alright for here. Nymphs were surprisingly ineffective and most fish rose to dries instead. I caught quite a few decent cutthroat and brown trout, along with one brookie, although nothing exceeded 15 inches. Rainbows remained in hiding. Lena caught a nice cutthroat, too.

Photos by Troutnut from Rock Creek in Montana

Closeup insects by Troutnut from Rock Creek in Montana

Alloperla (Sallflies) Stonefly AdultAlloperla (Sallflies) Stonefly Adult View 9 Pictures
Collected July 9, 2019 from Rock Creek in Montana
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on July 18, 2019

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IasgairJuly 25th, 2019, 8:01 am
Colorado

Posts: 148
Wonderful photo's Jason. The waters look very good, unlike here where the creeks are still flowing fast and hard due to our late snow pack.
TroutnutJuly 25th, 2019, 9:31 am
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2533
Montana had that late snow pack, too. Some rivers were more out-of-shape from it than others. Rock Creek was high, but it's pretty resilient and stays in fishable condition with some extra water.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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