We were blown away by the beauty and fish we encountered all along Rock Creek, from Clinton to Philipsburg MT. And while the fishing was absolutely incredible, with fish rising to hoppers, ants, Purple Haze, caddis and even some “secret” flies…. the reminder about “Its Not About the Fish” kept coming back to us.
Our guide on the Blackfoot, Ben DeMers, surprised us by dropping off my fav area beer (Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, KettleHouse Brewing, Missoula) AND a couple of his super secret flies at the SaraLinda. We were out fishing and missed seeing him but put the secret fly to good use as you’ll see in the video. Thanks Ben!!! He also turned us onto a great little bar and grill, Poor Henry’s in Clinton. Awesome burgers and cold beer… what’s not to love.
Our great Bozeman friends, Sue Doss and Dud Lutton told us about Philipsburg (MT) and its incredible candy store so we had to make that visit. And of course, we also discovered a great little brewery, Philipsburg Brewing. We also found the upper reaches of Rock Creek held some beautiful cutthroat trout.
We parked the SaraLinda at Ekstrom’s Stage Station in Clinton, right on Rock Creek. This place is fabulous as a campground and has a superb restaurant on property. They also have a bakery that concocts all sorts of goods including a gigantic cinnamon roll that you’ve gotta get if you’re ever here. Right next door is the Rock Creek Fisherman’s Mercantile with everything you need for fly fishing Rock Creek, including flies and great intel on where you might fish.
As for wildlife, the bighorn sheep here were hanging out on the mountain when we left to drive up the forest service road along Rock Creek. When we returned, they’d moved into the valley to graze. Barb counted 24 in the herd we encountered. See if you can count them in the pic included in the video.
Speaking of that video, we hope you enjoy the video highlights of our time on Rock Creek between Clinton and Philipsburg. We’ll most definitely be coming back to fish with Ben again, stay at Ekstrom’s and enjoy the incredible beauty and fishing along Rock Creek.