Bitterroot River

Tip of the week 

The fishing has really picked up the last few weeks on the root. All this warm weather has made those bugs comes out and its been awesome dry fly fishing. flows are starting to decline a little. Early in the morning our guides say they have been having good luck on Blue Wings with a Blue Wing Emerger behind it. When it warms up some I would switch to a Mahogany with the Blue Wing Trailing behind till about 11-12pm. 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 or October Caddis pattern (use pink or Orange colors) and as for your nymph dropper use a Hot Bead Worm 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. In the evenings throw those may fly patterns again. A few reports from guides say that the Hecuba's are out and about on the lower. 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 pretty warm higher 60's or lower 70's.

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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