Bitterroot River Fishing Report
Our Bitterroot river fishing report comes to you straight from the river! We tell it like it is and take pride in providing the most accurate Missoula fishing report available. When you want to know how the fishing is, what tactics to use, or what flies to tie on, we’re you’re one-stop Missoula fly shop.
Bitterroot River Fishing Report + Rating
February 19, 2024
The Bitterroot is fishing decent for this time of year. Water is cold and fish are hanging in the slow, slow walking speed water. Nymphing is the most consistent way to get into fish. Stonefly nymphs like TJ Hookers, Explosion Stones, Double Bead Stones and Rubberlegs are go to’s this time of year. Drop a Perdigon, Pink/Red Worm, Spanish Bullet or Jig PT off the back and you should be set. Slow stripping streamers like Chicago Overcoats, Sparkle Minnows, Lil Kim’s, Mini-Dungeons and Space Invaders can get you into some bigger fish. Make sure you used a sink tip to get your streamers down and work them slow.
There are a lot of downed trees and blockages in the Bitterroot. Give our Missoula fly shop a call for up-to-date information.
1/2 off Friday’s are still happening, every Friday all year long. (1/2 off your first dozen dries or nymphs)
Bitterroot River Flows
See below for current Bitterroot River conditions and flows at multiple USGS gauges along the river.
Montana SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent % of Normal
SWE is an acronym for Snow Water Equivalent, signifying the quantity of liquid water present in snow. Essentially, if you were to take a certain snow depth and melt it, the resulting water height would be representative of the SWE. This is how we can predict river flows and water levels for fishing season.