Missoula Fishing Reports

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Our Missoula, Montana fishing reports for the Clarkfork River, Bitterroot River, Blackfoot River, Missouri River and Rock Creek are brought to you straight from our office, the rivers and streams of Western Montana, to give you the latest information regarding hatches, patterns, and tactics. Click on a river below and it will take you to that rivers current report.  As always, call the shop for current information. 406-721-8996.

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West Fork of The Bitterroot River

Daily River Report

August 31, 2015

The flows are close to 350, so there is plenty of water to wade. It's been pretty busy with floaters. I great option though if your willing to make the drive.

Open up your attractor box and look at your purple hazes and mayfly attractors. If you wanna go big fish a hopper pattern as that seems to be working in the afternoon. The fishing has been slower in this heat wave so venture out earlier or later avoid the heat and slow fishing.

The famous chubby with a dropper ( rubber legs or yellow sallie nymph) will be a good hunting rig untill you can dial in on a hatch. Then focus in fishing more techincaly rigs like a yellow sallie with a flash cripple PMD behind it. Don't be afraid to fish some ants and bettles. Remember this heat puts strain on the fish so please keep them as wet as possible (quick grip-n-grins) We have all you the flies you need so stop in!

The smaller Pink chubbie Size 16 has been a hot fly the past few days!

 Spruce Moths are pretty much over. Fish will eat them but not really key in on them. 

(Flies: Hippie Stompers, Purple Haze, Size 14 Golden and tan chubbies, Purple Para Wullf, tung Yellow sally and smaller golden nymphs, Elk hair caddis

Try a Patagonia Stormfront Hip Pack on the West Fork.  Our favorite for wade fishing!

HOOT OWL RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED!!!