Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report 4/17/2013

Flows:  1850 in Missoula

Water temperatures:  approximately 40

Hatches:  blue winged olives, March browns, skwala stoneflies, gray drakes Best time of day:  afternoons

Patterns:  Pat’stonefly nymph,  double bh stonefly, bh prince nymph, bh pheasant tail nymph, parachute March brown, parachute Adams, bullet head skwala, big ugly skwala, gray drake sparkle dun, March brown sparkle dun, March brown cripple, olive hackle stacker


Cold is the name of the game on the Bitterroot at the moment.  It’s windy and feels more like January than April but water conditions are good.  Runoff is locked up solid and the river continues to drop a bit each day and is perfectly clear.  Mornings are slow but if you can stand the chilly temps and wind, there are fish to be had in the afternoons.  Dry fly action has been condensed to a short window in the afternoons during pulses of March brown and blue winged olive hatches.  Nymphing will move fish in deeper runs and foam buckets ad streamers will always pull a few big brow dogs off the porch.  Warmer temps are expected early next week.  Meantime, layer up and bring a shot of brandy for lunch.Tom T.