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
Major obstructions above Marty's Bridge and portage below not recommended for floating above Cahue (West Fork). Stay on your toes and scout ahead. There is a tree blocking most of the channel below the dam and obstructions below Rhombo Campground. There is also a tight spot below Apple Berry that is getting tighter with the dropping water levels. The conditions can change at any time scout ahead first. Single Dry's or with a dropper. Golden Stones and PMD. Stripping Streamers is producing as well. If you are nymphing expect to pick up some White Fish.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing West Fork Bitterroot River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 180 cfs

Visibility: 51 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 51 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Any

Best stretch: Marty's Bridge Down when floating. Marty's up when wading

Best access point: Marty's Bridge Down

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Golden Sones, Gray, and Green Drakes, Yellow Sally's, PMD, Caddis, 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

Single dry or with a dropper. Stripping streamers. Golden Stone dry's with a PT dropper.

7-Day Forecast

Prepare for afternoon thundershowers. Single Golden Stone dry's or with a PMD dropper. Stripping streamers will produce as well.


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