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
Fish the soft insides, dropoffs, and ledges. Nymph with big rubber legs, or other Golden Stone Fly nymphs with a worm, yellow sally, or mayfly nymph as a dropper. throw a Golden stone dry single to get close to the structure or with a dropper.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing West Fork Bitterroot River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 934cfs

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All Day

Best stretch: Marty's bridge down when floating. Marty's bridge up when wading.

Best access point: ALL

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Salmon fly, Golden stones, Yellow Sally, Gray Drakes,

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

Nymphing early, get to the bottom of the slack water. Streamers with a small nymph dropper stripped slowly. Drys with droppers when it warms up and you see bug activity. Golden Stones, and Yellow Sallies. Single drys close to the bank.

7-Day Forecast

The West fork is shaping up quickly. It will continue to improve this week

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