Suggestion for flies rock creek

#3
Late Sept. is an interesting time on Rock Creek. It is really dependent on the weather. If it cools down and gets some rain browns will start running up from the Clark Fork. October is usually more predictable for running of the browns. A great time indeed. There will be hatches but are usually short-lived (next front/sun popping out/brief rain changes everything) - usually BWO or a Mahogany dunn for dries. I lean more towards streamers and buggers if cooler and nastier weather. BTW do not forget mice ;)
 

Greg Armstrong

OldRodsHaveMoreFun
#5
I fished that creek I like so much in October. And I have to wait for the sun to melt the ice in the shade with the slow water.
OMJ is a poet too... who knew? Nicely done Jim!

I like it in the fall too. No ticks, no mosquitoes and fewer people. The quietude and the weight of the impending season to come is unmistakable. And the fishing can be okay too. Try streamers.
 

tyler

Active Member
#7
One of my favorite places on the planet! Weather could be a factor that time of year. It could be hot, sunny, and windy. or, like last time i was there in late sept, cool and rainy.

If it's still hot and windy when you're there you should have some hopper and ant patterns.

Drys (match the hatch): para purple haze, olive x-caddis, Baetis compardun, BWO emerger, para BWO, CDC BWO.

Drys (October Caddis): orange body EHC, orange body para madam X, orange stimulator. see the trend? hint: it's orange! :p

I don't nymph much anymore. prefer to swing soft hackles while waiting for bugs to come off. so: hare's ear and orange body soft hackles. i'll also swing weighted nymphs like morrish's october pupa or a double bead head prince with long white biots / wings. girdle bugs are good too (pat's rubber legs).

Streamers: what Vandelay said. stop by "The Merc" and pick up a couple of their wonder buggers. also, last time i was there skip morris' small olive seal buggers were very productive.

happy to chat more offline.

good luck and say hi to the locals for me...


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Mems

Active Member
#8
Serendipity, October caddis, black wooly bugger, olive wooly bugger. Purple haze. I would fish for the big browns headed up there to spawn. We call them doo-doo browns. Mems.
 
#9
The mercantile has a website with up to date flies and reports but I have been the last few September’s and the ole pats rubber leg + parachute Adams did well - did pick up a few on the orange serendipity as well
 
#10
One of my favorite places on the planet! Weather could be a factor that time of year. It could be hot, sunny, and windy. or, like last time i was there in late sept, cool and rainy.

If it's still hot and windy when you're there you should have some hopper and ant patterns.

Drys (match the hatch): para purple haze, olive x-caddis, Baetis compardun, BWO emerger, para BWO, CDC BWO.

Drys (October Caddis): orange body EHC, orange body para madam X, orange stimulator. see the trend? hint: it's orange! :p

I don't nymph much anymore. prefer to swing soft hackles while waiting for bugs to come off. so: hare's ear and orange body soft hackles. i'll also swing weighted nymphs like morrish's october pupa or a double bead head prince with long white biots / wings. girdle bugs are good too (pat's rubber legs).

Streamers: what Vandelay said. stop by "The Merc" and pick up a couple of their wonder buggers. also, last time i was there skip morris' small olive seal buggers were very productive.

happy to chat more offline.

good luck and say hi to the locals for me...


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That moose looks familiar. That was a good day off fishing!
 

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