East Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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East Fork Bitterroot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fishing is great, fish drys, dry with droppers, nymphs or streamers. If you are nymphing, expect to pick up a few White Fish.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing East Fork Bitterroot River is currently Excellent

Water flow: N/A Closest Station is Darby

Visibility: 51 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 54 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Any

Best stretch: All

Best access point: All

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Golden Sones, Hoppers, Yellow Sally's, PMD, Caddis, Midges

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)

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

Single dry or dry dropper. Golden stones and PMD. Golden stone dry' with a yellow dropper. Stripping streamers when it's cloudy.

7-Day Forecast

There are new trees in the river. it is changing quickly with the dropping water levels. Single drys or a dry dropper will produce this week with Golden Stones. PMD, and Yellow Sallys.

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