Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Don't forget the hopper- we haven't had a hard freeze yet.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Bitterroot River is currently Just OK

Water flow: Darby- 230 cfs, near Missoula - 753 cfs

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

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

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:

Mahoganies, BWO, Hoppers, Ocotber Caddis, 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

Full on fall stuff happening. Fish those mayflies and when they are not eating those- go with the hopper and drop a worm or tungsten pheasant tail behind it.

7-Day Forecast

Though cool, the weather looks consistent and cloudy. Great mayfly weather!

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