Fly Fish The Bitteroot River

 

 

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The Montana River of Your Dreams!

Situated between Sapphire Mountains and the Rocky Mountains lies the Bitterroot Valley. It’s in this scenic, lush landscape that the Bitterroot River flows. The river is one of the best trout fishing spots in all of Montana. The river is also a dry fly fishery, something not many rivers in the West can be. A float down the river with our Bitterroot river fishing guides at Fish TalesOutting will show you the best the river holds. After all, its scenic views and high caliber of fishing are hard to beat.

With its pool flats, riffles, gravel bars, and numerous channels and braids, the river shows a remarkable diversity. Throughout its length, you’ll have the ripe opportunity to catch plenty of brown trout, cutthroat trout, and rainbow trout. Miles of fishing features await you at every bend. Book our Bitterroot river fishing guide today and explores miles of fishing features and fly fishing spots.

Although the Root can fish well in the winter months the real start to the season here is in March and April with the world-famous Skwala stonefly hatch. This event is one of the few places in the west that offers the angler
a chance at catching nice-sized trout on size 10 or bigger dry flies in early spring. March Browns and Blue Winged Olive Mayflies also make a daily appearance and can offer outstanding topwater action.

The river is characterized by cobblestone runs, deep pools, and woody debris that hold large Rainbow, Cutthroats, and Brown trout. Summer See’s the usual hatches of PMD’s, Sallies, and Tricos with Grasshoppers keeping trout looking up well into October. The fall is also a special time on the Root, with cooler weather and Mahogany dun mayflies and Hecuba drake’s offering the last substantial meal for trout before winter sets in.

Brown Trout
boy holding fish

The fall is also a special time on the Root, with cooler weather and Mahogany dun mayflies and Hecuba drake’s offering the last substantial meal for trout before winter sets in.o matter the time of the year, world-class fishing can be found along the Big Hole’s 160 gracefully winding miles, where trophy browns and rainbows lie in wait.

From early season pre-run-off action that can be lightning-fast on streamers and dries, to picture-perfect summer-time dry flies; you can fish for five different species of trout (brook, rainbow, brown, the native grayling, and cutthroat) on one river. And of course, radiant September and October, when solitude and ravenous kype-jawed browns await your presentation.

Recommended Flies

Dry Flies

Purple Haze
Rogue River Salmon Fly
Parachute Adams
Chubby Chernobyl
Terrestrials

Nymphs

Pheasant Tail
Perdigon
Copper John
Pat’s Rubber Leg Stonefly Nymph
Hare’s Ear Nymph

Streamers

Boogie Man
Sparkle Minnow
Dragon
Zonker
Sex Dungeon