Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report 3-24-2017

This Bitterroot River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current fishing and River conditions.  It will be updated frequently or if conditions change.  We are currently on the  Bitterroot River and running trips so give a call if you want to schedule a guide trip or need information on anything Montana fly fishing related.

Flows at Bell Crossing: 3,130cfs

Water Clarity: stained with 2-3 feet of visibility

Best time of day: afternoons

Water Temperature:  approximately 40 degrees

Hatches: skwala stoneflies, March brown mayfly, baetis

Patterns: rubber legged stone fly nymph, bh prince, San Juan worm, bh hare’s ear, bh pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, March brown emerger, pheasant tail soft hackle, Rogue skwala, rasta skwala, bullet head skwala

The Bitterroot River is still a bit swollen but actually fishing pretty well.  Flows have been dropping steadily and will continue so long as nights stay cool and we don’t get any heavy rain.

Skwalas are showing up and dry fly action has been getting better but does depend on conditions.  With partly sunny skies and a bit of warmth skwala nymphs are more likely to be active and hatching and adults are more likely to be moving as well.  March Browns are also starting to show up but water temps will have to bump up in order for hatches to really pop.

For now Nymphing remains best bet if you’re just looking to get into a few fish, and who isn’t?  And streamers, while not providing fast action, have been moving a few bigger fish.  The dry fly action is coming and if conditions keep trending in the same direction and water clarify improves a bit more, this coming week the Bitterroot River will get better and better.

We’ll be on the water this week and would love to take you fishing too.

Gerry B. with spring rainbow
LOC guest Gerry B with a Bitterroot River rainbow