• Jeff Gray

July 4th Fishing Report

Happy 4th of July from the Dry Fly Capitol of the Country. Bitterroot Valley, Montana!

Great news across all western rivers in the state as stream flows have been high enough to keep our water cooler than other areas of the state. PMD's, Golden Stones and Drakes have all been keeping the anglers happy. The flows on the river and forks are at a comfortable level for wade fishing or floating. There are a few reports of log jams on the mid river, between Vets Bridge and Bell Crossing, and some up high, near Painted Rocks Dam. PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS! Prospecting with your favorite parachute pattern, or smaller golden stone has been producing several nice fish and keeping you busy most of the day.

Current Flows:

West Fork of the Bitterroot: 173CFS

Bitterroot near Darby: 755CFS

Bitterroot near Bell Crossing: 1190CFS

With the blast of heat we're expecting over the foreseeable future this may not last much longer. What does this mean? As we see water flows drop and water temps increase it will be especially important to keep your eyes on the water temps. We are asking all anglers to carry a thermometer AND use it! If you see water temps above 68 degrees, please stop fishing. We see a much higher mortality rate on caught fish in temps above this threshold.

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