The Bitterroot continues to drop but water levels are still above normal… The river is in the best shape we have seen in years, flows are up and water temperatures are low enough to keep trout happy… The major hatches of early summer have begun to drop off and we are entering a time when terrestrial bugs become an important part of the trouts diet. PMD’s are still emerging in the morning and some gray drakes are on the water  throughout the day. Afternoon in the heat of the day and bright sun has the fish hunkering down in the deeper holes.. Large attractors and hopper patterns can bring up a good fish and droppers are getting the fish that won’t rise mid day. Terrestrial patterns to fish are , grass hoppers, beetles, ants and spruce moths. … See ya on the river……….

River dropping fish rising…….

The Bitterroot river has been dropping throughout July which has created great fishing opportunities. The fish have moved off the banks and soft water and are holding and feeding mid river and in the riffles. Abundant hatches have also helped bring the fish to the surface. Golden stones, Bitterroot stones, yellow sally’s, green drakes, PMD’s and caddis are hatching through the day.. River levels are great for floating and wading. See ya on the river……

Happy 4th of July!

The Bitterroot river is beginning to drop and shape up for fishing.. Salmon flies are about finished but you can still find them on the uppermost West Fork… The other summer hatches are coming on strong, golden stones, green and gray drakes, pmd’s and caddis are emerging river wide. The main river should start fishing but with water levels above normal focus on fishing the softer water and side channels where fish can hold. Also use caution while wading or floating the higher water. Enjoy the holiday weekend…….