7 DAY OUTLOOK – Looks like stable weather- which the fish like. With some smoke cover- with the fish also like.
OUR TIP OF THE WEEK – On the Bitterroot fish tend to really hang in soft water which often times extends up to yards off the bank or congregate in large backwaters. Spend more time working that stuff and you’ll spend more time with the net.
BEST TECHNIQUES – Be thinking terrestrials- hoppers, ants, beetles. The jigs are the ticket underneath.
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Looks like the weather will be in the eighties this week but fishing early will keep those temps cooler for the fish and lead to a better recovery.
Lots of hoppers and other terrestrials are the focus right now
NYMPHS - Jig perdigons in #14-16, Frenchies #12-16, duracells #14-16, jig yellow spot p-tail #14-16 have been great droppers
DRIES - Foam hoppers in #10-12 have been a great option for the top bug Water Walkers #10-12,
STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 in Olive; Zonkers #6, 8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow; Kreelex Fly #6 in Copper/Gold, Gold/Silver, or Purple/Silver.
around 686 cfs at darby
nice and clear
Water temperature at mid-day
Best time of day to fish
Early in the day in the cooler water
The whole river is fishable.
Best access point
Multiple fishing access points along the river.
Rainbows, browns, cutthroats, cutbows, and white fish.
All year, catch and release for trout in the winter.
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