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Fly Fishing Guide - Bitterroot River Reports

August 5

Hoot Owl fishing restrictions are in place on the Bitterroot from Veterans Bridge near Hamilton to the confluence with the Clark Fork.  No fishing from 2 pm until midnight on that stretch while the upper river has no restrictions.  The last of the spruce moths are on the West Fork but it is becoming more of a terrestrial game with hoppers, ant, ans beetles.  The upper Bitterroot still remains the most consistent dry fly choice.  Nocturnal golden stones, hoppers, and ants have been best.  The middle and lower river have been spotty lately and the mid-river stretches are low right now.  Dry/dropper fishing has given the best results, and when you do find rising trout they will likely be nice sized fish.  We saw the first of the tricos this week.  No rising fish on them yet but that is only days away.  Hecubas or big fall drakes will start to appear on cloudy days as well.

Bitterroot River Near Darby – Fly Fishing Guide

Bitterroot River Flow/Levels

Current Weather Darby, MT

Bitterroot River Near Missoula – Fly Fishing Guide

Bitterroot River Flow/Levels

Current Missoula Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Blackfoot River at Bonner

Blackfoot River at Bonner – Fly Fishing Guide

August 5

The Blackfoot is fishing along it’s entire length from River Jct all the way to the confluence with the Clark Fork.  Spruce moths are on their last leg as we transition to late summer conditions.  Hoppers, ants, beetles, and occasionally tricos will be the best dry flies over the next couple of weeks.  Fishing a dry/dropper rig has been consistent lately with stonefly and mayfly droppers under big dries.  The action has dropped off noticeably once the heat of the day sets in so it is best to get on early and off early most days even though there are no restrictions on this river yet.

Blackfoot River Flow/Levels

Current Bonner Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Clark Fork River Above Missoula

Clark Fork River at Turah – Fly Fishing Guide

August 5

The Clark Fork has Hoot Owl fishing restrictions on the upper river from Warm Springs to the confluence with Rock Creek.  No fishing after 2 pm on that stretch.  The rest of the river remain open although we still recommend getting on the river early and off early.  The upper river near Missoula has been good with both big dries and dry/dropper rigs.  The lower Clark Fork has been great in the mornings and then slows down once the sun gets high.  There are also a couple fires on the lower Clark Fork near Tarkio.  Some days have been extremely smoky down there.

Clark Fork River Flow/Levels

Current Turah Weather

Clark Fork River at St Regis – Fly Fishing Guide

Clark Fork River Flow/Levels

Current St Regis Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Rock Creek River Report

Rock Creek – Fly Fishing Guide

August 5

Rock Creek road is closed from I-90 to Ghilles bridge due to forest fires right now.  Access is limited above Ghilles, but there are still a couple spots to get to the river.

Rock Creek Flow/Levels

Current Clinton Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Missouri River Reports

Missouri River below Holter Dam – Fly Fishing Guide

August 5

The Missouri has dropped down to summer time flows and the weeks are around. Tricos are the main attracion and will offer some great morning dry fly fishing in the right spots.  Once the hatch is over prospecting with hoppers and ants has been moving some big fish.  The best nymphing is found up by the dam right now.

Missouri River Flow/Levels

Current Wolf Creek Weather

Fly Fishing Guide - Montana Trout Outfitters

Another Day on the River, by Tony Reinhardt

…I was back out with Brian and Bridger the trout dog, and we were also joined by Brian’s friend Bruce.  The weather was a little dicey with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast so we chose to stay close to home on the Bitterroot around Hamilton.  That choice was fine with me after the fishing yesterday and I was looking for another all day dry fly affair.

We started with double dries and it didn’t take long for Bruce to connect with the first fish of the day.  The action was fairly steady in the morning with mostly smaller and medium sized cutts and cuttbows coming to the dry.  There weren’t many bugs around early so I was hoping a hatch would get the fish fired up.

We pulled up into a side channel to look for some fish and with no rises Bruce ended up sticking a few on a dropper.  We took a break for lunch there and while we were eating a few PMDs started coming off and some heads showed.

Brian set off on foot with the dry fly rod and fooled a few in short order including the biggest fish of the day.  It was a big cutt in the 18-20″ range but it ended up foul hooked on the double dry rig and I forced the issue a little to get the trout in quickly and it broke off.  After getting back to the main river I still wasn’t seeing the number of bugs I wanted so I switched the guys over to a dry/dropper rig.

That’s one of the surest things to get the fish up and rising, and not five minutes after that a fish ate Bruce’s dry and the Green Drakes started coming off.  It was back to the dry fly rig for us and the fellas started raising more fish.  It was busy in the afternoon and our average size got a little better too.

A couple of browns came to the net, but it was still mainly cutthroat and bows with most from 12-15″ and a nice 17″ cuttbow that Brian landed toward the end of the float.  We had a couple of storms around us mid-day, but nothing too terrible and for the most part it was pleasant weather.  Another great day on the Bitterroot with a couple of good guys and the best boat dog around,.

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