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
Getting low, floating can be difficult. Fish the Riffles, dropoffs, and ledges. Nymph Caddis or mayfly nymphs. Throw a Hopper with a dropper.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing West Fork Bitterroot River is currently Excellent

Water flow: 85 cfs

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All Day

Best stretch: High Bank down when floating.

Best access point: ALL

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Hoppers, Hecuba, Mahaganys, BWO, October Caddis

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)

Person Fishing in a stream

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. Drys with droppers when it warms up and you see bug activity. Hoppers close to the bank.

7-Day Forecast

The West fork is in great shape. They are dropping the flows it will be to low to float soon.


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