Bitterroot River

Tip of the week 

The fishing has picked up in the last week, We have had lots of cool and hot weather fluctuating in the last few days. It rained pretty heavily not too long ago so the river flows bumped up. This could mean that the fishing is really going to turn on! Early in the morning our guides say they have been having good luck on Trico's (Use Trico and a spinner), When it warms up some I would switch to a Spruce Moth with either a dropper 12" below or use a small PMD till about 11-12am. Soon as it hits the afternoon your best bet is to then switch to a Hopper Dropper rig, meaning as your first fly throw your favorite hopper pattern (purple works really well) and as for your nymph dropper use a purple nymph size 12-16. Most of the time you won't see much for fish rising but if you see any good looking water they are definitely there. As for what type of water to fish, find areas where the water is at least waist deep and flowing with a good ripple. Fish the bubble seam and if you can, cast as close to undercut banks as you can (we're talking 1-2 inches close). If all else fails throw the buggers and streamers and just hunt and peck your way around deeper holes.

Seven-day forecast 

The weather this week will be sunny and pretty warm! Expect some light and variable wind throughout the week. Its also pretty smokey out, make sure you wear a BUFF!

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 
Foam Park Hopper Pale Yellow 6-10 Buy from
Adam's Purple Parachute Purple 12-16 Buy from
Smith's Crippled Emerger black 18-22 Buy from
Stimulator Tan 6-10 Buy from
Woolly Bugger Black, Olive, White, Purple 4-8 Buy from
Pale Morning Dun Thorax Pale, Tan 16-20 Buy from
Blackfoot River Outfitters

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