Montana Fly Fishing Guides and Tours
07 Mar 2018

I’m getting ready… are you?

Spring fishing is just about here. Pretty soon we will be throwing Skawla Stonefly patterns in March on The Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers. In April, we will be fishing the Bitterroot, Clark Fork and Missouri with a variety of dry fly patterns. Last year we had excellent fishing on the Missouri in April and May. When June rolls around we expect most of our concentration on Rock Creek and the Blackfoot where the monster salmon flies will be out in force. During the salmon fly hatch it is common for each boat to have 200 to 300 dry fly hits!

For those of you that want to be sure you have lodging at the Clark Fork River Lodge this year, you maybe want to get on that early! We are already booked for most of June and September at the lodge. The Clark Fork River Lodge is a great place for getaways, self-guided trips, retreats and family reunions. Come visit us with your family and friends… you know you won’t regret it! Just want to go fishing? Sign up now!

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28 Feb 2018

Planning For Spring

I’m getting ready… are you?

Spring fishing is just about here. Pretty soon we will be throwing skawla stonefly patterns in March on The Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers. In April we will be fishing the Bitterroot, Clark Fork and Missouri with a variety of dry fly patterns. Last year we had excellent fishing on the Missouri in April and May. When June rolls around we expect most of our concentration on Rock Creek and the Blackfoot where the monster salmon flies will be out in force. During the salmon fly hatch it is common for each boat to have 200 to 300 dry fly hits!

For those of you that want to be sure you have lodging at the Clark Fork River Lodge this year, you maybe want to get on that early! We are already booked for most of June and September at the lodge. The Clark Fork River Lodge is a great place for getaways, self-guided trips, retreats and family reunions. Come visit us with your family and friends… you know you won’t regret it!

Just want to go fishing? Sign up now for our Rock Creek 3 day/4 night All Inclusive Fly Fishing Package. Or come with us for Fly Fishing Day Trips.

Come to Rock Creek for the best dry fly fishing with some of the best guides in Montana! Any day spent on the river is a good day… come spend it with us.

We’re excited about the upcoming fishing season… how about you?

01 Feb 2018

Rock Creek MT Fishing in February

Rock Creek Montana FishingAre you ready for some fishy fun in February? Try Rock Creek. With air temps in the 40’s and low 50’s Rock Creek has been producing good amounts of midge activity in the mid-to upper sections over the past couple of weeks. The best time to fish Rock Creek is usually between 11 am and 3 pm daily.

Some sections are a bit better than others. Several of my Rock Creek buddies have been nailing nice cuts, rainbows and browns up to 15 inches using dry midge patterns size 18-22. The lower to mid-parts of Rock Creek are producing larger fish up to 17 inches using small streamers and a very slow retrieve. For those of you who are nymph fisherman, Pat’s rubber legs size 10-14 have been working in some of the deeper runs.


There’s no more excuses about having nothing to do in February. Get out there, and enjoy the weather and very good fishing on Rock Creek! E-mail or call John Perry’s Rock Creek Montana Fishing for more details about the best spots to fish on Rock Creek this time of year, as well as booking the best fly fishing trips near Missoula. Good Luck! John Perry

14 Jan 2018
John Perry Fly Fishing

History of Fly Fishing

The first written mention of fly fishing in the history of fly fishing seems to be from the Romans, describing the way the Macedonians fished on the Astraeus River.  The Macedonians were using flies even then, tying “red wool” around two feathers. Their rods were six feet long, and so were their lines. The Romans were apparently impressed.

Little else was written about fly fishing until a book was published in 1496, written by a woman in Great Britain. Dame Juliana Berners was not just a fisherman, she was also into hawking, hunting and field sports. And she was a nun. There was a poem written about fly fishing in 1613, said to be penned by a fishing partner of William Shakespeare.

British fly fishing continued to develop until in the 19th Century, there were fly fishing clubs and books written on fly tying and fishing techniques. Dry fishing gained a reputation as being the only way to fish the slower rivers, but as always, there were rebels. George Edward MacKenzie Skues proved with his nymph and wet fly techniques on those same rivers, and even wrote two very influential books about them.

The Practical Angler was published by a Scotsman, W.C. Stewart, in 1857.

Fly fishing was adopted about that time in both Scandinavia and the United States, where people weren’t nearly so rigid about where and how to use what.

More history to come!

03 Sep 2017

Fall is in the air and the fishing is good!

18 Dec 2016
Winter in Montana

Winter on the Clark Fork

It’s winter in Montana. This winter has seen some wild swings of temperature. As I write this, the skies can’t decide whether to rain or snow and the temperature is hovering somewhere between 39 degrees and freezing. We are expecting snow next week…