Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report 4-7-2013

flows near Missoula:  3300cfs

flows at Bell Crossing:  1900cfs

flows near Darby:  937cfs

water temperatures:  approximately 45 degrees

hatches:  skwala stoneflies, March browns, blue winged olives, gray drakes

best time of day:  late morning/afternoon

patterns:  sj worm, Pat’s stonefly, bh prince, bh pheasant tail, bh copper john, March brown sparkle dun, olive sparkle dun, olive hackle stacker, bullet head skwala, black stimulator skwala, black and white bunnies

Flows have bumped up steadily over the last few days due to rain but the river is still fishing and condtions and water clarity will obviously be better improve as you move upstream.  Nymping has been solid.  Dry fly action has slowed a bit but expect conditions to improve as the week progresses.  Expect a cool, drying trend through the early part of the week.  With cooler days and nights flows should stabilize and drop.  Bug activity could improve again and with it, good dry fly action again.

Linehan Outfitting Company on the Bitterroot River in MOntana
LOC guest Tom U. with Bitterroot brown dog