Water flow: N/A Closest Station is Darby
Visibility: 60 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 63 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:
Hoppers, Trico, Mahagony, Hecuba, BWO, Caddis
Fish species: Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brown, Brook & Bull Trout, Mountain White Fish
Fishing season: Year Round Below Star Falls(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 East Fork of the Bitterroot is one of the most beautiful and easily accessed streams in southwestern Montana. It begins on the Continental Divide deep in the Bitterroot National Forest. This freestone is made up of riffles, runs, boulders, and deep pools that hold 8- to 18-inch trout.
The East Fork of the Bitterroot River has great fly fishing. As fishing pressure is generally quite low, ...
the trout rise readily to dry flies. The river is quite narrow for most of its length; casting to most spots of the river is quite easy, making it an excellent choice for Tenkara fly fishing. With fast currents and large rocks in the river wading can be a challenge when the flows are up. When the flows are low the water is easy to wade, but most of it can be reached from the banks. Approach carefully: The water is clear, and the fish spook easily. For most of the year the flows on the East Fork of the Bitterroot are too low for floating.
Big dry with a dropper. Double nymph rigs. Streamers doing great.
Fall is in the air. Cooler morning's make for later starts.