Bitterroot River Fishing Report

Fishing Report + Rating


October 20, 2019

Fall on the Bitterroot this year has been good.  Clouds and more clouds are making for lots of mayflies hatching.  BWO’s and Mahoganies every afternoon has been a lot of fun.  The fish are very smart and a good drift is as important as the right fly.  Mahoganies in a sz 14 and BWO’s in a sz 18-20 with light tippet and a drag free drift are the key.  Nymphing when you aren’t seeing fish rise is a sure thing.  Although you’ll have to deal with catching whitefish too.  Mayfly Nymphs with a Pat’s Rubberlegs, San Juan, Egg or October Caddis nymph has been good.  Streamer fishing has been getting some big fish the last couple weeks.  If you want to swing for the fences break out the big stuff and stick with it.  It’s not about numbers of fish, but quality of fish.  White/Gold, Olive/Gold and Black have been the best colors with Yellow in the back pocket when nothing else is working.

1/2 off Friday’s are still happening, every Friday all year long. (1/2 off your first dozen dries or nymphs)

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