Mayflies-Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report 4-24-2017

This Bitterroot River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Bitterroot fishing and river conditions. It will be updated frequently or if conditions change. We are currently on the Bitterroot River and running trips so give a call if you want to schedule a guide trip or need information on anything Montana fly fishing related.

Flows at Bell Crossing: 2,400 cfs

Water Clarity: clear

Best time of day: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Water Temperature: approximately 45 degrees

Hatches: skwala stoneflies, March brown mayflies, gray drake mayflies, baetis mayflies

Patterns: rubber legged stone fly nymph, bh prince, San Juan worm, bh hare’s ear, bh pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, March brown emerger, pheasant tail soft hackle, Rogue skwala, rasta skwala, bullet head skwala, gray drake parachute, gray drake cripple

The Bitterroot River is still in great shape and fishing pretty well. Flows have been hanging around 2000-2500cfs for the last couple and it looks like they’ll likely stay in that range. No hot weather or heavy rain is expected In the immediate forecast.

Skwalas are still active and fish are still eating them but as a whole the hatch is officially waining. Dry fly action has been terrific but does depend on weather conditions. With partly sunny skies and a bit of warmth skwala nymphs are more likely to be active and hatching and adults are more likely to be moving as well. March Brown mayflies are still in play and most days blue winged olive mayflies are hatching around 2:00 pm and fish have been responding and rising in specific water types where bugs are concentrated.  Gray drakes have shown up the last several days under cloudy conditions making for some of the best dry fly action of the spring

For now Nymphing remains best bet in the morning if you’re just looking to get into a few fish, and who isn’t? Think dry/dropper in the afternoon. Water temps have ooched up the last couple days and dry fly action has been good in the afternoon and early evening. By about 6:00 pm insect activity has tapered off.

Expect a mix of spring weather through the week with gray skies, rain showers, and very intermittent partly sunny skies. The Bitterroot River will remain very fish-able for the foreseeable future especially since nights are staying cool and runoff has been slow and steady.  Flows have risen a bit over the last 72 hours mostly due to a couple of warmer days.

LOC guests Tom U. and Gerry B. on another most excellent Bitterroot River adventure.

 


Runoff-Bitterroot River Fishing Report 4-14-2017

This Bitterroot River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Bitterroot fishing and river conditions. It will be updated frequently or if conditions change. We are currently on the Bitterroot River and running trips so give a call if you want to schedule a guide trip or need information on anything Montana fly fishing related.

Flows at Bell Crossing: 2,200cfs

Water Clarity:  clear

Best time of day: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

Water Temperature: approximately 40 degrees

Hatches: skwala stoneflies, March brown mayfly, baetis

Patterns: rubber legged stone fly nymph, bh prince, San Juan worm, bh hare’s ear, bh pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, March brown emerger, pheasant tail soft hackle, Rogue skwala, rasta skwala, bullet head skwala

The Bitterroot River is still a bit swollen but actually fishing pretty well. Flows have been hanging around 2000-2500cfs for the last week and it looks like they’ll likely stay in that range.  No hot weather or heavy rain is expected through next week.

Skwalas are active and fish are eating them.  Dry fly action has been getting better but does depend on weather conditions. With partly sunny skies and a bit of warmth skwala nymphs are more likely to be active and hatching and adults are more likely to be moving as well. March Browns are also starting to show up but water temps will have to bump up in order for hatches to really pop.  Most days blue winged olives are hatching around 2:00 pm and fish have been responding and rising in specific water types where bugs are concentrated.

For now Nymphing remains best bet in the morning if you’re just looking to get into a few fish, and who isn’t? Think dry/dropper in the afternoon.  Water temps have ooched up the last couple days and dry fly action has been good in the afternoon and early evening.  By about 6:00 pm insect activity has tapered off.

Expect a mix of spring weather through next week.  The weekend will see cooler daytime temps and possible snow or rain showers.  Early next week cloud cover will prevail with bursts of partly sunny conditions and daytime temps in the high 50s.  The Bitterroot will remain very fish-able for the foreseeable future especially since nights are staying cool and runoff has been slow and steady.

LOC guest Kris C. with a skwala eating Bitterroot River rainbow.

 


Skwala-Bitterroot River Fishing Report 4-12-2017

Bitterroot River skwala eater!

This Bitterroot River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Bitterroot fishing and river conditions. It will be updated frequently or if conditions change. We are currently on the Bitterroot River and running trips so give a call if you want to schedule a guide trip or need information on anything Montana fly fishing related.

Flows at Bell Crossing: 2,450cfs

Water Clarity: basically clear

Best time of day: afternoons

Water Temperature: approximately 40 degrees

Hatches: skwala stoneflies, March brown mayfly, baetis

Patterns: rubber legged stone fly nymph, bh prince, San Juan worm, bh hare’s ear, bh pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, March brown emerger, pheasant tail soft hackle, Rogue skwala, rasta skwala, bullet head skwala

The Bitterroot River is still a bit swollen but actually fishing pretty well. Flows have been dropping steadily and will continue so long as nights stay cool and we don’t get any heavy rain.

Skwalas are showing up and dry fly action has been getting better but does depend on conditions. With partly sunny skies and a bit of warmth skwala nymphs are more likely to be active and hatching and adults are more likely to be moving as well. March Browns are also starting to show up but water temps will have to bump up in order for hatches to really pop.

For now Nymphing remains best bet in the morning if you’re just looking to get into a few fish, and who isn’t? Think dry/dropper in the afternoon.  Water temps have oohed up the last couple days and dry fly action has been good.

It looks like gray days and rain showers are in the line-up through at least middle of next week. Bursts of partly sunny conditions may show up here and there but this is all good from a fishing point of view. The Bitterroot will remain very fish-able for the foreseeable future especially since nights are staying cool and runoff has been slow and steady.

 

 


Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report 4-6-2017

This Bitterroot River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current Bitterroot fishing and river conditions.  It will be updated frequently or if conditions change.  We are currently on the  Bitterroot River and running trips so give a call if you want to schedule a guide trip or need information on anything Montana fly fishing related.

Flows at Bell Crossing: 2,450cfs

Water Clarity: basically clear

Best time of day: afternoons

Water Temperature:  approximately 40 degrees

Hatches: skwala stoneflies, March brown mayfly, baetis

Patterns: rubber legged stone fly nymph, bh prince, San Juan worm, bh hare’s ear, bh pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, March brown emerger, pheasant tail soft hackle, Rogue skwala, rasta skwala, bullet head skwala

The Bitterroot River is still a bit swollen but actually fishing pretty well.  Flows have been dropping steadily and will continue so long as nights stay cool and we don’t get any heavy rain.

Skwalas are showing up and dry fly action has been getting better but does depend on conditions.  With partly sunny skies and a bit of warmth skwala nymphs are more likely to be active and hatching and adults are more likely to be moving as well.  March Browns are also starting to show up but water temps will have to bump up in order for hatches to really pop.

For now Nymphing remains best bet if you’re just looking to get into a few fish, and who isn’t?  Think dry/dropper in the afternoon and streamers, while not providing fast action, have been moving a few bigger fish.  The dry fly action is coming and if conditions keep trending in the same direction and water clarify improves a bit more, this coming week the Bitterroot River will get better and better.

It looks like gray days and rain showers are in the line-up through at least middle of next week.  Bursts of partly sunny conditions may show up here and there but this is all good from a fishing point of view.  The Bitterroot will remain very fish-able for the foreseeable future especially since nights are staying cool.

We’ll be on the water this week and would love to take you fishing too.

It’s what we’re all looking for right now…

 

 

 


Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report 3-24-2017

This Bitterroot River fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current fishing and River conditions.  It will be updated frequently or if conditions change.  We are currently on the  Bitterroot River and running trips so give a call if you want to schedule a guide trip or need information on anything Montana fly fishing related.

Flows at Bell Crossing: 3,130cfs

Water Clarity: stained with 2-3 feet of visibility

Best time of day: afternoons

Water Temperature:  approximately 40 degrees

Hatches: skwala stoneflies, March brown mayfly, baetis

Patterns: rubber legged stone fly nymph, bh prince, San Juan worm, bh hare’s ear, bh pheasant tail, parachute Adams, purple haze, March brown emerger, pheasant tail soft hackle, Rogue skwala, rasta skwala, bullet head skwala

The Bitterroot River is still a bit swollen but actually fishing pretty well.  Flows have been dropping steadily and will continue so long as nights stay cool and we don’t get any heavy rain.

Skwalas are showing up and dry fly action has been getting better but does depend on conditions.  With partly sunny skies and a bit of warmth skwala nymphs are more likely to be active and hatching and adults are more likely to be moving as well.  March Browns are also starting to show up but water temps will have to bump up in order for hatches to really pop.

For now Nymphing remains best bet if you’re just looking to get into a few fish, and who isn’t?  And streamers, while not providing fast action, have been moving a few bigger fish.  The dry fly action is coming and if conditions keep trending in the same direction and water clarify improves a bit more, this coming week the Bitterroot River will get better and better.

We’ll be on the water this week and would love to take you fishing too.

Gerry B. with spring rainbow
LOC guest Gerry B with a Bitterroot River rainbow

 

 

 

 


Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report 4-24-2013

Flows:  1300 cfs in Missoula

Water temperatures:  42-47 degrees

Best time of day:  12:00 pm-6:00 pm

Hatches:  skwala stoneflies, March browns, gray drakes, blue winged olives

Patterns:  Pat’s stonefly, bh pheasant tail nymph, Parachute March brown, parachute Adams, purple haze, March brown emerger, gray drake emerger

 

Bitterroot conditions are still great and will continue through the weekend.  Nymphing will always carry the day and dry fly action has been solid in the afternoons.  Look for rising fish near the banks and in the wood and be ready to lose some gear.  If you’re not clipping brush you’re not close enough.  Spring conditions have never been better!

 

Blackfoot River!


Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report 4/17/2013

Flows:  1850 in Missoula

Water temperatures:  approximately 40

Hatches:  blue winged olives, March browns, skwala stoneflies, gray drakes Best time of day:  afternoons

Patterns:  Pat’stonefly nymph,  double bh stonefly, bh prince nymph, bh pheasant tail nymph, parachute March brown, parachute Adams, bullet head skwala, big ugly skwala, gray drake sparkle dun, March brown sparkle dun, March brown cripple, olive hackle stacker

 

Cold is the name of the game on the Bitterroot at the moment.  It’s windy and feels more like January than April but water conditions are good.  Runoff is locked up solid and the river continues to drop a bit each day and is perfectly clear.  Mornings are slow but if you can stand the chilly temps and wind, there are fish to be had in the afternoons.  Dry fly action has been condensed to a short window in the afternoons during pulses of March brown and blue winged olive hatches.  Nymphing will move fish in deeper runs and foam buckets ad streamers will always pull a few big brow dogs off the porch.  Warmer temps are expected early next week.  Meantime, layer up and bring a shot of brandy for lunch.Tom T.


Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report 4-7-2013

flows near Missoula:  3300cfs

flows at Bell Crossing:  1900cfs

flows near Darby:  937cfs

water temperatures:  approximately 45 degrees

hatches:  skwala stoneflies, March browns, blue winged olives, gray drakes

best time of day:  late morning/afternoon

patterns:  sj worm, Pat’s stonefly, bh prince, bh pheasant tail, bh copper john, March brown sparkle dun, olive sparkle dun, olive hackle stacker, bullet head skwala, black stimulator skwala, black and white bunnies

Flows have bumped up steadily over the last few days due to rain but the river is still fishing and condtions and water clarity will obviously be better improve as you move upstream.  Nymping has been solid.  Dry fly action has slowed a bit but expect conditions to improve as the week progresses.  Expect a cool, drying trend through the early part of the week.  With cooler days and nights flows should stabilize and drop.  Bug activity could improve again and with it, good dry fly action again.

Linehan Outfitting Company on the Bitterroot River in MOntana
LOC guest Tom U. with Bitterroot brown dog

 


Bitterroot River Montana Fishing Report

Bitterroot flows are 3790 cfs and visibility is 2-3 feet. Weather is perfect- gray, overcast, and no wind!  Good dry fly action during mid-day on skwalas.  Good hatches of ameletus gray drakes. Fish a big parachute adams and solid nymphing during off hatch times with skwala nymphs and pheasant tails, size 14 and 12.

Tom U. with a Bitterroot Brown with Linehan Outfitting Company