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Bitterroot River

Updated 12/02/2019 at 9:31pm

Conditions At-a-glance

good

Weather Forecast

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing and streamers.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK

Hope you’re in fall fishing mode, because it’s here! Crowds are down so grab your gear and get out to the river! No need to wake up super early.

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.

 

Conditions

Things are in good shape throughout the whole river!

The Hatch

Midges

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

Specifics

Water Flow

886 Near Missoula

Link to Water Flow Graph

http://on.doi.gov/1QHgaFK

Visibility

Average 6'

Water temperature at mid-day

42 deg

Water Condition

Good

Best time of day to fish

Afternoons

Best stretch

The whole river is fishable and all creeks are open.

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

3ips