• Jeff Gray

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 off the back of it 3-4 ft. Afternoons you should be able to get the fish to respond to a single Skwala or even your favorite parachute pattern like a Wine Sparklechute or Purple Haze in a size 14. We'll be on the water everyday so if you need last minute advice we'll steer you in the right direction.


1. #10-12 Peacock or Purple Anorexic

2. #10-12 Rastaman Skwala

3. #14-16 Wine Sparklechute

4. #12-16 Purple Haze

5. #8-12 Rubberlegs

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