Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The water temps are back down and things are looking great for the time being. We would still recommend starting early and ending early, these cooler water temps may not last long. There is fish to be found throughout the whole system, all is well. They are looking up for small mayflies so be on the lookout for noses. If you see them, take your time to figure them out. BWOs or a PMD cripple with 4X or 5X should get them to at least eat your fly... landing them on >#18 is a whole 'nother story but that is all the fun! Lastly, be good to those trout... the forecast and water temps don't look to be in their favor in the coming weeks.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bitterroot River is currently Good

Water flow: Darby- 536 cfs, 1420 cfs near Missoula

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 67 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch: The whole system is fishable.

Best access point: Multiple fishing access sites throughout the river.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Still some bigger stones left, Drakes (green, brown and grey), PMDs, BWOs, Caddis, Yellow Sallys, and some Bitterroot stones.

Fish species: Trout - rainbows, browns and cutties - whitefish

Fishing season: Year round

Nearest airport: Missoula International Airport (MSO)

Bitterroot River Description

The panoramic mountains of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness towering above this river make for an unforgettable setting. The Bitterroot affords anglers over 80 miles of varied freestone trout water ranging from riffles and runs to undercuts and deadfalls. This river's largest fish often rise to dry flies even in non-hatch conditions. One of our guides claims that "If you catch a fish on the Bitterroot, you ...

Techniques & Tips

Run a dry stone to a stone or mayfly dropper, not too deep, and that'll do the trick through the whole system.  I'd set your dropper to 3-4' and fish 3X to your bigger dries.   Fishing higher in the river system and feeder creeks, no need to fish too deep. On smaller creeks, a classic Purple Haze in a size 12-16 should do the trick.

7-Day Forecast

Things are warming up, highs in the 90's this weekend with a slight chance of thunderstorms. With the warmer air temps, the water is the next to follow. Let's be good to the fish moving forward!


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