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
With the cooler weather, it is dropping and clearing. Wear your life Jacket. Nymph early and go to single drys or with droppers in the afternoon when things warm up and you see bugs.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing East Fork Bitterroot River is currently Just OK

Water flow: N/A Closest Station is Darby

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F

Water condition: Moderately Turbid

Best time of day to fish: When it warms up

Best stretch: Wading above Sula

Best access point: All

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Salmon Fly Nymphs, March Browns, 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

Look for the soft water. Double nymph rigs deep with worms and a big stone, Strip streamers with a PT or worm dropper. Big dry's with a PT, Rubber Legs or worm dropper.

7-Day Forecast

High water is here. The River will be up and down now till it's over. Stay on your toes there are new trees in the river wear a life jacket. Nymphing is your best bet. Stripping streamers will produce as well. Dry's when it warms up and you see bugs.


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