BITTERROOT RIVER

The Bitterroot River is our home water and notably one of the most famous rivers in Montana. With its origination in the high elevation of the Bitterroot Mountains to the West and the Saphire Mountains to the East the Bitterroot River flows through a spectacular valley. From the confluence of the East and West Forks the main stem of the Bitterroot river flows over 70 miles to the confluence with the Clark Fork River.  The upper river including both forks are characterized by relatively fast flows over larger cobble, your typical freestone stream. The upper river is a dry fly fisherman's paradise. With a healthy population of West Slope Cutthroat trout, you will also find good numbers of Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Rocky Mountain Whitefish. An occasional Bull Trout can be found in the area above the town of Darby as well. As the river travels north, the mountainous terrain gives way to a much subtler flow. As the river widens and slows  through the town of Hamilton and beyond the riffles and runs are much longer and more spaced out giving the boat angler excellent opportunity to cover water while prospecting for large trout. Once the river reaches the town of Stevensville, you will notice an even larger flood plain and even longer riffles and runs. Truly a trout anglers paradise, the Bitterroot River is a destination you should put on your list of rivers to visit.

Hatch Chart for Bitterroot River

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