Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
If the dead drift game is not on fire lash on a bugger or thin streamer as the lead fly and follow it up with a worm or beachhead nymph. Dead drift them through the drop offs then let it swing into the soft water and slow strip back. Don't try this with 5X or you'll be back to the shop for more bugs.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bitterroot River is currently Just OK

Water flow: Darby- 275 cfs, 860 cfs near Missoula

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 34 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: mid day when water warms up

Best stretch: The whole system is fishable. Check the weather, if the temperature and when it tips over the freezing point get out there. Winter fishing on the Root can be as good as it gets!

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, maybe a couple BWO's

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

Standard winter techniques are in order here... most effective will be double nymph rigs about 6' deep running two nymphs along the bottom dead drift under a thingamabobber.

7-Day Forecast

Short warm spells have been opening up the ice in the rivers and the fishing is pretty good.

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