Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
On most rivers when we say they are running bank full that means your fishing should be concentrated on just that - the banks.  On the Bitterroot however, fish tend to really hang in soft water which often times extends up to yards off the bank or congregate in large backwaters.  Spend more time working that stuff and you'll spend more time with the net.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bitterroot River is currently Just OK

Water flow: 7280 cfs

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Morning to late evening

Best stretch: The whole system is fishable.

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Salmonflies, little yellow sallies, caddis, green drakes, with pmd's and goldens starting up.

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

Fishing season: Year round; some tributaries closed December 1-third week of May. Check regulations before fishing.

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

The Root is an exceptional dry fly river and mid June is a great time to fish on the surface.  We suggest long droppers to start but once you see bugs on the water or fish looking up confirm the hatch and match it. Be sure to call the shop in Missoula to get up to the minute recommendations: Blackfoot River Outfitters 406-542-7411.

7-Day Forecast

The Root is looking great right now and should continue to get better throughout the week unless we see some serious rain.  At this point drastic snow melt is non issue.  Cooler wet weather predicted should equate to exceptional fishing and hopefully with dries.  Hatches of stone flies through out the river (salmon flies above Wally Crawford) as are green drakes and caddis.


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