Bitterroot River

Tip of the week 

Skwalas are still out and fish are on them. Start with a Hot Bead San Juan Worm or hot pink worm as a dry dropper (if the worm is slow swap out to prince or pheztail) - keep the dropper at least two feet deep. Mid day we go to the single dry, skwala, March brown or BWO (if you are seeing any) and fish it tight to the grass and logs or right on line with risers. These fish have seen plenty of patterns by now so drifts are important. If streamer fishing, try olive, natural, or black and as always drag a bead head on a short leash behind.

Seven-day forecast 

We expect continued dry dropper fishing (can you say hot bead worm?!!) but remember this is pre-spawn so riffle drop offs are just as good as side channels and back waters if you hope to bring them up to your skwala dries. The river is big for spring so wade fishing is limited to walking the banks or looking for side channels. Good luck!!

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.

Must Have Flies 
Zonker natural or olive 8-4 Buy from
Larson's Legend Golden Stone Dry olive 12-10 Buy from
Dark Hendrickson brown or gray 14-16 Buy from
Fly Formerly Known As Prince peacock 6-10 Buy from
Parachute Hare's Ear (Schroeder's) Olive, natural 12-10 Buy from
Vernille San Juan Worm red, orange, pink 10 Buy from
Blackfoot River Outfitters

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