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)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
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 ...
for walk and wade fishing this mountain stream has good numbers of smaller wild trout. The fish here rise readily to almost any dry fly presented to them.
Below Painted Rocks Reservoir, the West Fork consists of pocket water, riffles, runs and rock gardens. The river below the dam remains clear during spring run-off compared to the rest of the system until the water comes over the spillway. Fed by the reservoir, the West Fork maintains cool flows well into the fall. Feeding on prolific Salmon fly, Golden stone fly and spruce moth hatches the West Fork is home to sizable Wild West slope Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brown, Brook trout and Mountain whitefish. The West Fork, along with many of the other tributaries in the Bitterroot Valley hold bull trout, a federally protected fish that must be released immediately.
Double nymph rigs with prince or PTs and stone flies. Streamers doing great. Fish dry dropper or single dry.
Its going to be a great week.