The Bitterroot River is shaping up nicely after a profound run off. The Dry Fly Fishing has made huge improvements over the past few days and should only improve. The nymphing game has been on point but with the river dropping, consistent Dry Fly Fishing is on its way in. On any given day you can see A number of different bugs including Drake’s, PMD’s and Golden Stones. If things get tough out there a dry dropper set up will keep your rod bent and your net wet. Look for the slow edges and shallow riffles to hold most of the fish.
KNOWN FLOATING HAZARDS
East Fork of the Bitterroot
1. Tree across entire river channel just below Rocky Knob Restaurant. Sliding over the log is possible.
2. Tree across entire river channel near Smokin Pub Restaurant. Portage is difficult.
West Fork of the Bitterroot
1. Tree blocking entire river channel below Rombo campground, near Buck Creek portage is on the left and is somewhat difficult
2. A tree blocking part of the river channel just up stream of the access commonly know as Marty’s Bridge. Stay river right- the slot is VERY narrow. Portage would be difficult.
1. A pile of logs near the center of the main river channel between Darby bridge and Wally Crawford below the access commonly known as Lone Pine. Stay River Left
2. Approximately 1.5 miles below the Anglers Roost launch the river separates into 2 channels. The Left channel has many logs blocking the entire river channel making portage very difficult. The Right channel has a log in the center of the channel appx .5 miles after the split. River left is open but may require a small portage.
3. Between Stevi and Florence power lines were hanging in the river. UPDATE. The power line has been removed and the the remaining power lines are well above the water. The power has been turned off and the lines will be repaired once the river drops.
OTHER ISSUES MAY ARRISE OR ARE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME.
PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION!