August 14th Fishing Report
Click HERE to view the current Montana water body restrictions. The Bitterroot River is currently under the following restrictions. From the confluence with Clark Fork River upstream to the confluence of East Fork and West Fork Bitterroot River. The hoot-owl fishing restriction, which prohibits fishing each day between 2 p.m. and midnight, are in effect for portions of the Bitterroot River from the confluence with Clark Fork River upstream to the confluence of East Fork and West Fork Bitterroot River. Water temperature at Bitterroot River near Missoula exceeded exceeded 73 degrees for three consecutive days. These restrictions will remain in place until lifted by FWP administrative action when temperatures do not exceed 70 degrees for three consecutive days, or until September 15.
East Fork of the Bitterroot and West Fork of the Bitterroot DO NOT have any special restrictions at this time
Tricos, Hoppers, Hecuba and Ants. All of which should be in you dry fly box if you're fishing the Bitterroot or surrounding area waters. We've seen our first sign of tricos this past week and there are select pods of fish feeding on them. Make sure to bring your "A" game.
Hopper and Ant fishing has been decent in the afternoons on area waters that are open to fishing after 2pm. Try throwing a Plan B, More-or-Less Hopper or Parachute Ant pattern to cover likely holding water. You'll see some explosive eats on the hopper. Mid stream seams, grassy banks and tail outs will all hold fish. Wouldn't hurt to give if a twitch once in a while either.
Current River Flows:
West Fork of the Bitterroot: 317 CFS
Bitterroot River near Darby: 420 CFS
Bitterroot River near Bell Crossing: 355 CFS