The Friday Hot List 04.22.11

Written by: Eric Rickstad

The Friday Hot List is Back! The Orvis Fishing Reports and Conditions pages offer up-to-date reports, including stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips. At any given time, those waters that offer the very best fishing become part of the “Red Hot” list. To ensure that those making the reports aren’t exaggerating the quality of their local fishing, each reporter is allowed only four red hots per year per location, so they only rank their spot red hot when it’s truly outstanding. Every Friday, we’ll highlight those waters that offer the best fishing for the weekend.


1. Rock Creek, Montana

“All of the Rock will fish right now but concentrate on upper or lower reaches for best action–more sunlight!,” says John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters. “Expect to see Skwala stones, needle stones, March browns, blue-winged olivess, midges, and Capnia (snow stones).” Herzer suggests using a dry Skwala pattern on top and a size 14 Pheasant Tail Nymph or Prince Nymph on a 20-inch dropper line until the fish start keying on the March browns. At that point, switch to a March brown pattern.

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