If you’ve come to Montana for its legendary fishing, you won’t be disappointed by the opportunities at The Ranch at Rock Creek. The Ranch’s four miles of private access and pristine river frontage on Rock Creek boast one of the state’s highest fish counts and six species of the most sought after fish: Westslope cutthroat, rainbow, cut-bow, brown, brookie, and bull. The Ranch also stocks five spring-fed trout ponds. Mallard Pond, Piney Lake, East Pond, Cottonwood Pond and Welcome Pond each provide a unique ecosystem and trout species. Several other of Montana’s Blue-Ribbon fisheries are within a 30 minute to two hour drive from The Ranch.
Born approximately 20 miles west-northwest of Anaconda in western Montana, Rock Creek is an anglers dream. Its water runs cold and most of the time clear even during the hot summer months making it a tremendous fishery for brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout in an unspoiled location. There are also the large and endangered bull trout that reside in the river. On occasion one of these brutes will swallow your fly and bend your rod like no trout has ever before. Rock Creek is high in fertility, allowing for extensive hatches that are best experienced and not described.
The Bitterroot River
The Bitterroot River is quickly gaining its reputations as one of the premiere trout rivers in the western part of Montana. Flowing through the scenic Bitterroot Valley, the Bitterroot River seemingly has it all. Runs, riffles, pools, flats, gravel bars and numerous braids and channels combine to create a river of remarkable diversity. The Bitterroot River flows through some wonderful scenery. The Sapphire mountains rise to the east while the Bitterroot mountains are found to the west. The Bitterroot Valley itself is lush by Montana standards, and is also located in a sort of banana belt. While it can get cold during the winter in the Bitterroot Valley, real cold days, like eastern and central Montana experiences, are the exception and not the rule. The primary fish found in the Bitterroot are rainbow trout.
The Clark Fork
The Clark Fork has been called “the best river in the west that no one knows about” and “the under-utilized jewel of Western Montana.” This classic dry-fly river holds hard-fighting rainbows and features long riffles, runs and very few pools. Because of the significant size of this high producing river, most fishing is done from a drift boat and wading opportunities are scarce. Every fly-fisherman should experience two things in his/her angling experience: casting under the Big Sky and fighting a rainbow out of the Clark Fork.