Fly Fishing Rock Creek
Fly fishing Rock Creek in Montana is an angler’s dream! Flowing through the Sapphire Mountains for fifty miles to the confluence with the Clark Fork, Rock Creek is wade-able the entire river. On Rock Creek, anglers fish for Cutthroats, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Mountain Whitefish. Overall, there is good access to the creek along Rock Creek Road for wading. In early spring and through spring’s high water, fishing the creek from a raft is best. The salmonfly hatch occurs during high water and casting a large salmonfly dry pattern against the banks can be very productive. Boating on the Creek is not allowed after June 30th, so its wading thereafter.
From the North, Exit 126 on I-90 starts the mile markers along the road.
Valley of the Moon
Valley of the Moon is the first of the fishing accesses near the 2 mile marker on Rock Creek Road. There is ample parking with foot paths up and down the river along with a nature path with benches. The scenery is spectacular of the valley and jagged rock faces of the mountains.
Tamarack access, just south of the Elk Horn Ranch, offers access to the river and serves as a primitive boat take out.
Solomon Fishing Access is located near the six mile mark on Rock Creek Road. There is a parking area and a foot path to the creek. All of the fishing accesses offer excellent fly fishing opportunities.
The Sawmill Creek fishing access offer good fly fishing opportunities, especially for those who like to venture up or down the river. To the south of the access, Brewster Creek and Sawmill Creek enter the river. To the north, the river braids and fly fishing from the islands can be excellent.
Pull into the Norton Campground past the 10 mile marker on Rock Creek Road and you’ll find a fishing access at the back of the campground. Pick up the trail to access the river. Head north to an awesome run or head south where the creek braids. Its all good!
Bull Trout in Rock Creek
Bull Trout live in these waters. Protected, Bull Trout must be returned unharmed to the river if caught.