East Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Jim Mitchell
Fly Fishing Map of East Fork Bitterroot River, MT
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East Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish the riffles, dropoffs, and ledges. Nymph with Caddis, or mayfly nymphs. Throw a Hopper dry with a dropper.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing East Fork Bitterroot River is currently Excellent

Water flow: N/A Closest Station is Darby

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: late morning early afternoon

Best stretch: All

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 Star Falls(catch and release Dec 1 - 3rd Saturday in May)

Nearest airport: Missoula, MT (MSO)

Person Fishing in a stream

Bitterroot River, East Fork Description

The East Fork of the Bitterroot is one of the most beautiful and easily accessed streams in southwestern Montana. It begins on the Continental Divide deep in the Bitterroot National Forest. This freestone is made up of riffles, runs, boulders, and deep pools that hold 8- to 18-inch trout.

The East Fork of the Bitterroot River has great fly fishing. As fishing pressure is generally quite low, ...

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. Single dry tight to the banks.

7-Day Forecast

The East Fork is in great shape for wading.


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