Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish it all and you will find them where you find them! We are finding fish on shelf drop-offs (tan to green), buckets along banks, eddys, and in the heavier current lines. With water temps on the rise, please give the fish some extra TLC when releasing them. Let's be good to them! Please still be careful when floating... there is still a lot of debris down that could be a problem.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bitterroot River is currently Just OK

Water flow: Darby- 504 cfs, near Missoula - 853 cfs

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 67 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: early morning - beat the heat!

Best stretch: The whole system is fishable. Even though flows are low, still be careful! There is a lot of new wood this year which will make things tricky.

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Hoppers, Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMDs, Tricos

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

We are in the transition from all of the summer hatches to our fall stuff. Still eating hoppers and moving from PMD's to tricos, mahogonies and October caddis soon. We have been having good luck with throwing a stone or mayfly under a big dry (hopper or any foam body), a double dry, or just throwing a single mayfly dry in the mornings. Don't be afraid to run a little deeper with your dropper, 3'-4' with the water clearing. You may find some fish rising to mayflies (PMDS, sallys, or tricos) in side channels and eddy lines. Look for deeper shelf drop-off and be sure get your rig up on the shelf to ensure they sink properly into the drop.

7-Day Forecast

We are seeing average temps start to drop so the true fall fishing is starting to happen! **UPDATE** There is a tree just downstream from the Wally put in, STAY CENTER CHANNEL. Good luck and be safe from our Team at Blackfoot River Outfitters.

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