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


October 3, 2023

The Bitterroot got a shot of water with rain over the weekend, which has helped with the fishing.  Mahoganies and BWO’s are out in force and the cloudy afternoons have been good.  Sz 14-16 Brindle Chutes, Tilt Wing Duns, CDC Duns and Cripples for the Mahoganies.  Sz 18-20 Flash Cripples, CDC Duns, Extended Body Duns and Tilt Wings for the BWO’s.  Fish are still looking for terrestrials, especially when the BWO’s and Mahoganies aren’t coming off.  A sz 10-12 hopper with a Jig PT, Perdigon, San Juan, Rubberlegs or TJ Hooker is a good bet when fish aren’t rising.  Streamer fishing has been getting better.  Mornings seem to be the time to throw streamers.  Smaller streamers like Baby Gonga’s, Kreelex, Space Invaders, Mini-Dungeons and Sparkle Minnows fished deep in the buckets and undercut banks near cover.

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.

Bitterroot River Fly Fishing Report, Bitterroot River Fishing Report

Bitterroot Fishing Report, Bitterroot River Fly Fishing

Bitterroot Fishing Report, Bitterroot River Fly Fishing

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Guided Recommended Flies For Bitterroot Fly Fishing

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