It finally happened. Painted Rocks reservoir started spilling over the spill way adding a high volume of water to the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. This is the unofficial sign that run off season on the Bitterroot has officially started. With the flow chart at the Darby USGS station reading 2570 CFS, that's over double what it was just a few days ago. Now is a great time to get your chores done, go find some new water to check out (there's plenty of water to explore) and inspect your equipment for any needs or wants. Our current snow pack is sitting at a whopping 105% of average so we should see a normal run off period. This typically means our local waters will be fishable again sometime in the first half of June. Stay tuned, we'll be keeping a close eye on the flows and let you know when things shape up.