East Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Jim Mitchell
Fly Fishing Map of East Fork Bitterroot River, MT
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East Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Dry fly fishing is great try a big dry and a dropper. Pound the bank with streamers. Wear your PFD and be extra careful. The River is completely blocked in multiple places. Below the Rocky Knob bridge and at the medicine tree.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing East Fork Bitterroot River is currently Good

Water flow: N/A Closest Station is Darby

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All Day

Best stretch: All

Best access point: All

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Green Drakes, Yellow Sallys, Golden Stones, PMD, 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)

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Bitterroot River, East Fork Description

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, ...

Techniques & Tips

The fish are on the big bugs a dropper with a Golden Stone indicator is a great choice. Pounding the bank with streamers is also producing.

7-Day Forecast

The river is fishing great.

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