West Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Jim Mitchell
Fly Fishing Map of West Fork Bitterroot River, MT
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West Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The Channel is completely blocked between Rombo and Marty's and there is a dangerous logjam at Mart'ys bridge I do not recommend floating above Marty's. It will only get worse as the water recedes.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing West Fork Bitterroot River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 346 cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 62 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Any

Best stretch: Below Marty's Bridge

Best access point: All

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Green Drakes, Yellow Sally's, Golden Stones, PMD, Caddis

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 are still very productive 2 bead heads no weight. A dropper with a Golden Stone indicator is a great choice. Pounding the bank with streamers is also producing.

7-Day Forecast

The flow is dropping fast and fishing is great.

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