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Bitterroot River

Updated 09/28/2018 at 6:38pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

68° / 33°
71° / 32°
69° / 34°
65° / 34°
66° / 37°
62° / 38°

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES – Full on fall stuff happening. Fish those mayflies and when they are not eating those- go with the hopper and drop a worm or tungsten pheasant tail behind it.


Don’t forget the hopper- we haven’t had a hard freeze yet.

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

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Though cool, the weather looks consistent and cloudy. Great mayfly weather!

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.



Clear and continuing to drop.

The Hatch

Mahoganies, BWO, Hoppers, Oct. Caddis, tricos

Fly Patterns

DRIES - October caddis #10, Adams #14-16, Chubbies #8-10 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- 230 cfs, near Missoula - 753 cfs

Link to Water Flow Graph


Around 4-6'

Water temperature at mid-day

mid 50's to 60 degrees

Water Condition

Cool and clear

Best time of day to fish

mid day to early evening

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.

Best fly fishing rod

9 or 9'6" 5 or 6 weights for nymphing and dries - 7wt for streamers

Best sinking fly line