Fly fishing on the Bitterroot is getting better now that full on fall has hit western Montana. Look for good surface activity with mayflies when it’s cloudy and rainy. Hopper fishing should be good when it warms up and it’s sunny.
BEST TECHNIQUES – Hopper/dropper rigs working the best with the cooler weather. San Juan worm under a chubby has been picking up some nicer fish in the deeper runs. Look 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.
OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – Fishing on the lower stretches of this river when it’s cloudy will likely have the best results. Mayflies and blue wings should be out.
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.
The Root is low and clear. Fishing on the lower stretches should be good with the clouds and rain predicted this week. Fishing on the upper near Darby will be good when the sun comes out - look at the weekend for the best results there.
Mahoganies, blue wings and hoppers.
DRIES - Pmd parachutes #16, grass hopper attractors (chubbys, rogues, etc) #8
NYMPHS- Prince, San Juan worm, pheasant tails, 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
Darby- 453 cfs and level. Flows near Missoula, 787 cfs
Water temperature at mid-day
Low and clear
Best time of day to fish
Mornings into mid day then the river is heating up
Lower river has a few psuedos (those horrible little blue winged pale duns ; ) & tricos so that's your best shot at dries. REMEMBER Bitterroot River is still on "Hoot Owl" restrictions below Hamilton.
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.
Best fly fishing rod
9 or 9'6" 5 or 6 weights for nymphing and dries - 7wt for streamers
Best sinking fly line