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February Fishing on the Bitterroot River


The fishing so far this month has been good for this time of year. We've been seeing above average temps with lots of moisture so the mountains are getting plenty of snow while the valley is getting mostly rain - Yay, no shoveling snow. We've had reports from up and down the river which have been mostly good. Nymphing is the name of the game. Try using a Stone Fly Nymph, Egg Pattern, SJ Worm or Midge Larvae to seduce the trout into eating. We recently took a trip on the mid river a few days ago and found several fish willing to eat our nymph. Slower water and seam lines were the best holding conditions for us. Water that was about 3-5 ft in depth seemed to hold the most fish. The 7-Day forecast isn't looking too favorable for fishing, but definitely some opportunity to get out. Skwala fishing is still a few weeks out, but it will be here before you know it.

Here is a list of flies you should have in your fly box for a winter day of fishing on the Bitterroot:

NYMPHS: #14-16 Jig Head - Tung Bead PT #14-16 Jig Head - Tung Bead Brush Hog #12-14 Jig Head - Tung Bead Prince #14-16 Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail #8-12 Black and Coffee Rubber Legs #8-12 Tan and Coffee Rubber Legs #16 Shop Vac

$12 Orange Egg Pattern #18 Blue Electric Midge #14-18 Lightening Bug

#10 Tungsten Rubber Worm

DRY FLIES: #16-20 Purple Haze #14-16 Brindle Chute #18 BWO Emerger #20 Parachute Midge STREAMERS: #6 Olive Big Gulp Sculpin #6 Tan Big Gulp Sculpin #4 Olive Circus Peanut #4 Olive Butt Monkey #4 Olive Sex Dungeon #4 Tan Sex Dungeon


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