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Bitterroot River

Updated 04/28/2020 at 4:06pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing and streamers. Some dry fly action to be had as well.


Nymph rigs and streamers are working on the root.

Be sure to call the shop in Missoula to get up to the minute recommendations…Blackfoot River Outfitters 406-542-7411.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – With nights over 32 deg we’re starting to see elevated water levels. Look out for March Browns, BWO’s, Midges, and maybe some stoneflies.

Call us or stop by our fly shop at 3055 North Reserve Street in Missoula for specific locations or to pick up your bugs. Thanks and good fishing from the crew at:
Blackfoot River Outfitters — 406.542.7411.



Things are in good shape throughout the whole river!

The Hatch

Midges, BWO's, March Browns, Skwalas

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Griffith's Gnat #18-22; Purple Haze #16-20, bullethead skwala #10-12 NYMPHS- Prince, PTs, double bead stones, copper johns - tungsten is a good call on all. STREAMERS - olive or natural zonker type pattern #6, sparkle minnow #6, olive or black bead head buggers #8


Water Flow

3950 cfs

Link to Water Flow Graph


Average 15"

Water temperature at mid-day

50 deg

Water Condition

Slightly Stained

Best time of day to fish


Best stretch

The whole river is fishable.

Best access point

Multiple fishing access points along the river.

Fish species

Rainbows, browns, cutthroats, cutbows, and white fish.

Fishing season

All year, catch and release for trout in the winter.

Nearest airport

Missoula international Airport (MSO)

Recommended fly fishing leader

From a boat - 7.5' 3x-4x. Wading step it up to 9'.

Recommended fly fishing tippet

3x top bug and 4x for second or 4x to 5x for smaller rigs

Best fly fishing rod

9 or 9'6" 5 or 6 weights for nymphing and dries - 7wt for streamers

Best floating fly line

4 wt. or 5 wt.

Best sinking fly line