Now that winter has arrived in earnest, flows on Bitterroot should remain consistent and with it the winter fly fishing should be too. As with the other local rivers nymphing and swinging streamers continue to be your best bet but the possibility seeing fish up eating midges is greater here on the Root. Surprisingly, the winter fishing doesn’t seem to be any better or worse between the lower and upper reaches. The concentrations of trout are easier to find above Hamilton in the smaller water but they do pod up down lower as well; it’s just bigger water and sometimes not as obvious. If you are serious about trying to find some fish up on midges spend more time around or below Stevi/Florence.
BEST TECHNIQUES – Like most winter fishing – nymphing is the name of the game and a red or pink worm in addition to the nymphs can’t be overstated. We however
OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – Typically we fish the obvious water. Deep green chop and riffle drop offs. But don’t overlook for slower water when it’s chilly….trout are lazy and don’t want to work too hard for food – nice slow drifts in those bigger pools are the ticket.
Be sure to call the shop in Missoula to get up to the minute recommendations…Blackfoot River Outfitters 406-542-7411.
7 DAY OUTLOOK –
The Root is low and cool now. This will continue with the forecast for more rain and cooler temps for the next week. The weekend should be good for hopper and surface action with the sun making an appearance on Sunday.
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.