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Bitterroot River Report 5-8-19

It finally happened. Painted Rocks reservoir started spilling over the spill way adding a high volume of water to the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. This is the unofficial sign that run off season on the Bitterroot has officially started. With the flow chart at the Darby USGS station reading 2570 CFS, that's over double what it was just a few days ago. Now is a great time to get your chores done, go find some new water to check out (there's plenty of water to explore) and inspect your equipment for any needs or wants. Our current snow pack is sitting at a whopping 105% of average so we should see a normal run off period. This typically means our local waters will be fishable again someti

Bitterroot River Fishing Report 5/2/19

The first week of May and the Bitterroot is still fishing well, what a great surprise. The dry fly fishing has been consistent in the afternoons with March Browns and Skwalas. The river has been on the drop for the past week and the Darby USGS station is currently at 1470 CFS. It's my prediction that the river will hold on for fishing for the next day or two. Painted Rocks Reservoir is almost full and will likely spill over the spill way by the end of the weekend adding a large volume of water to the river, likely making for difficult (at best) fishing conditions. A dry dropper is the most effective method in the morning with a Skwala on top and a worm, rubberleg or Tung bead nymph hanging o

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