Looks like things are shaping up early here in the Bitterroot Valley. The river has dropped significantly over the past week and stabilized at a fishable level. Big bugs have been around and some fish are taking notice, the number of willing fish will likely increase as we head into June. We’ve seen several boats around and so far there hasn’t been any reports of significant river blockages, however, I’d like to stress at this level the river is extremely powerful and it takes more time to react to a situation. Be looking further down stream than you’re used to and when in doubt scout it out. Get stocked up on Salmon Flies and Goldens, it’s going to be a great start to the season. Dry dropper, Nymph rigs or streamer fishing have all been producing fish. Find the slower walking speed water and you’ll likely find hungry fish.
Try a tung bead rubber leg, zirdle bug or 20”er and hang a worm off the back of it for the best success. 5-6’ should do.
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West Fork = 825 CFS
Darby = 2980 CFS
Bell Crossing = 5930 CFS
Missoula = 7100 CFS