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  • Jeff Gray

Bitterroot Fishing Report 4/23/19


The fishing gods must have heard our prayers. The Bitterroot River has stabilized over the past 3 days and the current flow at the Darby USGS Station is 2320 CFS. Our current weather pattern will hold the river at a fish able level for the foreseeable future. The mid-upper river is running relatively clear with plenty of "soft" water for the fish to hold in. Lots of March Browns and plenty of Skwalas still around that you can still get the fish to eat on top. Look for the slow insides, seam lines where 2 currents come together or the slow edges to hold most of the fish eating Skwalas. If the fish are eating mayflies you'll see heads in the shallow nervous water and slow back eddies. A nymph rig is very effective as well, using a large stone fly nymph trailed by a worm, PT or Prince. 4-6 ft distance from indicator to first fly has been the best set up. For the streamer junkies, try JJ's, Sparkle Minnows or anything in olive. The tug is the drug. Be CAREFUL out there, the river is a bit pushy at this level. As always if you have any questions or need a float suggestion contact us at the shop.


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