Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Everything is on a hard drop with this cool, stagnant weather pattern. The Root is back in fishing shape and the few reports we've heard, fishing well. It is still high so again, please be careful out there. There is still new debris moving around. We haven't heard of any specific locations yet but we will update you just as soon as we do. And keep in mind, creeks are still open and fishing well if you are willing to put in a little extra effort! If you are headed out this weekend, give us a call and we may be able to provide you with more information then.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bitterroot River is currently Good

Water flow: Darby- 3,350 cfs about 9,400 cfs near Missoula

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Late morning till evening

Best stretch: The whole system is fishable. Wood is moving around the river with flows up and down so pay attention out there!

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Salmon flies, Drakes (brown and grey), Mother's Day Caddis, BWO's, Midges, and still some remaining Skwalas around.

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

With fresh wood on the Root, there is no need to nymph deep. Either running a double nymph rig at 4-6' in total or even a stone fly dry dropper rig is going to be a good bet. The weekend should warm a bit and hopeful we will start to see more Salmon flies moving around in the water and the air. With that, the fish should start looking up more. For now, the cloudy weather has been great mayfly conditions and we've seen some heads coming up for BWOs.

7-Day Forecast

This cooler, windy weather will hang around until the weekend. They are calling for the chance of rain and thunderstorms come later in the week. The weekend weather looks cool but beautiful. With this weather pattern, everything should continue to drop and remain fishable.

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