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.

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September 15, 2020

The Bitterroot is fishing well and the smoke “artificial clouds” has actually helped the fishing.  The lower Bitterroot we are seeing consistent Trico fishing with sz 20-22 spinners.  A few Hecuba’s are hatching and a sz 10-12 Brindle Chute, Lazer Pointe Drake or Flash Cripple will get the job done.  Hopper fishing continues to produce in the afternoons with some nice fish being taken.  Drop a San Juan, 20 Incher, Jig Nymph or Rubberlegs off the back to up your chances.  Streamer fishing is another great option in the “clouds.”  Smaller streamers like Mason’s Juniors, Sparkle Minnows, Jewel Thief’s and Zonkers fished in different colors.  Don’t forget to play with your retrieves from dead drifting to stripping fast to see what they want.

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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