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 soft insides, dropoffs, and ledges. Nymph with big rubber legs, or other Golden Stone Fly nymphs with a worm, Yellow Sallies, or mayfly nymph as a dropper. throw a Golden Stone dry single to get close to the structure or 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:

Golden Stone, Yellow Sally, Green Drake, PMD

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

Nymphing early, get to the bottom of the slack water. Streamers with a small nymph dropper stripped slowly. 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 coming into shape. It is dropping quickly and fishing is improving daily.

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