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Bitterroot River

Updated 02/17/2020 at 5:08pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing and streamers.


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 – The Root is in good shape for the fall.

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


Fly Patterns

DRIES - Griffith's Gnat #18-22; Purple Haze #16-20 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

771 cfs

Link to Water Flow Graph


Average 6'

Water temperature at mid-day

33 deg

Water Condition


Best time of day to fish


Best stretch

The whole river is fishable. Tributaries are closed.

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