We have had excellent dry fly fishing on the creek lately with winter stones, march browns, blue wing olives, midges, and a few skwalas hatching daily.
Here are a few tips for fly fishing Rock Creek:
1. Think slow inside deeper bends, runs with a couple feet of walking speed water and structure, riffles, and undercut banks.
2. Try swinging a march brown emerger soft hackle behind a streamer in the long, walking speed runs.
3. Try a black and purple chubby with a medium length dropper of a hot bead worm or zebra midge. The fish have been looking up!
Here are a few fly suggestions:
1. Micro-chubby size 14, in black and purple
2. Purple Haze size 12-20
3. March Brown Soft Hackle Emerger size 12-14
4. Kreelex Minnow size 6, in copper/gold
5. TJ Hooker size 12-14, in coffee/black
6. Pheasant Tail Nymph size 16-20
7. Hot Bead San Juan Worm size 10, red with a hot orange bead
Flows and looking ahead:
Flow: 590 cfs at the time of publishing this report
Here is a link to the Rock Creek USGS Water Information.
Rock Creek should bump quite a bit over the next week but should remain clear and fishable. Whether you're wading or floating, be safe.
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