Craig Montana, Missouri River, Rock Creek Fire Update

Craig Montana, Missouri River, Rock Creek Fire Update

Craig Montana, Missouri River, Rock Creek Fire Update

Craig? Safe. Fire was pretty close last nite across the hi-way to the SW. Rock Creek Fire. See the updates on the InciWeb Site here.

Craig is open. No evacuation. Roads open. Anglers fishing. Tubers, tubing.

Incident Overview

As of 10am Sunday 7.11.21
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), along with partners from the Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest, MT Dept. of Transportation, MT Highway patrol, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis and Clark County, and many local volunteer fire departments are working to contain the Rock Creek Fire located north of Helena, MT near Mile Marker 1 on Highway 287. The Rock Creek Fire is estimated to be about 2,560 acres.
DNRC is managing the Rock Creek Fire and has prioritized response efforts and suppression resources to the fire, including an air tanker, two helicopters, a helitack crew, and multiple fire engines. Firefighters continue to prioritize suppressing the fire as quickly as possible while protecting values at risk such as infrastructure, private property, and natural resources.


Guide Trips are all out. No worries here unless the smoke gets too and. We will keep you informed here on this very site.

Smoke in the air. Lots of it. All guide trips out today. The fish don’t care. They are all wet.

Water temps at the dam 63.8F this am. Water temps in the afternoon downriver below Craig near 70F.

Flows are 2970cfs. Bumping around during the day for peak power generation. Low.

PMD’s. YEp. Waning? Maybe. Another couple weeks maybe. Spinner rule. Or Half Dun Hatching. Or emergers.

Caddis. Yessir. Spents. Emergers. Another month for sure. We hope.

Trico’s. Waxing. The headliner for the month. Spinners. Duns? Gonna go a couple months.

Nymphers fishing the center of the river. Deep and fast. High oxygen rate. Certainly as the day goes by, look for them in the quick paced water. Split or not. Tung-Head flies work. PMD’s and Caddis will the Zebra too. Small and black flies will get the fish interested in the Trico nymph.

Lodging opening up in the next couple weeks. And guide availability is good in the last week of the month. But disappearing.

Trying to keep cool here in central Montana. Weather for the next week is warm. Cool afternoon thunderstorms would be good, sans lightening.

Any Q’s you may have look us up or call 406-235-3447. Open daily 530am til 8pm.




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