West Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Jim Mitchell
Fly Fishing Map of West Fork Bitterroot River, MT
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West Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The West Fork is now at winter flows floating is not recommended.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing West Fork Bitterroot River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 81 cfs

Visibility: 51 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 39 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: PM

Best stretch: Canue (West Fork) Down when floating. Marty's up when wading

Best access point: ALL

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges

Fish species: Cutthroat, Rainbow, Brown, Brook & Bull Trout Mountain White Fish

Fishing season: Year Round Below Painted Rocks Dam (catch and release Dec 1 - 3rd Saturday in May)

Nearest airport: Missoula, MT (MSO)

Bitterroot River, West Fork Description

The West Fork of the Bitterroot River originates along the south west border of Montana. Flowing out of the Bitterroot mountain range it runs into Painted Rocks reservoir, a man-made lake created by Painted Rocks Dam. Below the dam the river flows for an additional fifteen miles to the confluence with the East Fork, creating the Bitterroot River.

The West Fork above the dam is small and well suited ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymph the deep polls and tail outs.,.

7-Day Forecast

Start late in the day when it warms up.


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