Skwala-Bitterroot River Fishing Report 4-12-2017
This Bitterroot River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Bitterroot 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: 2,450cfs
Water Clarity: basically clear
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 in the morning if you’re just looking to get into a few fish, and who isn’t? Think dry/dropper in the afternoon. Water temps have oohed up the last couple days and dry fly action has been good.
It looks like gray days and rain showers are in the line-up through at least middle of next week. Bursts of partly sunny conditions may show up here and there but this is all good from a fishing point of view. The Bitterroot will remain very fish-able for the foreseeable future especially since nights are staying cool and runoff has been slow and steady.