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Bitterroot River

Updated 02/16/2019 at 7:58pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES -Still getting them on midges in the “heat of the day.”  Double nymph rigs and slow streamers are becoming more important.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – Go deep with that tungsten jighead p-tail.

Be sure to call the shop in Missoula to get up to the minute recommendations…Blackfoot River Outfitters 406-542-7411.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – See above for weather report.

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.



A little high from all of the rain and cooling down all of the time

The Hatch

Mahoganies, BWO, midges

Fly Patterns

DRIES - BWO #16-18, Adams #14-16, Chubbies #10-12 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

Darby- 260 cfs, near Missoula - 868 cfs

Link to Water Flow Graph


Around 4-6'

Water temperature at mid-day

mid 40's to mid 50's

Water Condition

Cool and clear

Best time of day to fish


Best stretch

The whole river is fishable. There is debris so still be cautious when floating.

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 sinking fly line