West Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of West Fork Bitterroot River, MT
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West Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Golden drys close to shore and bushes. The river is at summer levels and getting boney until they start letting water out of the reservoir. levels are great for wading. there are a lot of bugs pick your favorite and stick with it, For the nearest Orvis authorized fly shop. Stop in or call the Bitterroot Fly Company 808 1/2 North Main Darby, MT (406)-821-1624
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing West Fork Bitterroot River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 140 cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All

Best stretch: All

Best access point: All

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Golden stones, Bitterroot Stones, Green Drake,Caddis, Yellow Sallies, PMD

Fish species: Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brown, Brook & Bull Trout Mountain White Fish

Fishing season: Year Round Below Painted Rocks Dam (catch and release Dec 1 - 3rd Saturday in May)

Nearest airport: Missoula, MT (MSO)

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Bitterroot River, West Fork Description

The West Fork of the Bitterroot River originates along the south west border of Montana. Flowing out of the Bitterroot mountain range it runs into Painted Rocks reservoir, a man-made lake created by Painted Rocks Dam. Below the dam the river flows for an additional fifteen miles to the confluence with the East Fork, creating the Bitterroot River.

The West Fork above the dam is small and well suited ...

Techniques & Tips

Double nymph rigs with prince or PTs and stone flies. Streamers doing great. Fish dry dropper or single dry.

7-Day Forecast

Its going to be a great week.

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