The beautiful Bitterroot river flows through a spectacular valley. In addition to the 75 miles of available fishing, this river offers a variety of water types. From its headwaters near Darby, the river first flows North through beautiful canyons. The stunning Bitterroot Valley that follows features many backwaters, channels, and spring seeps. Dry fly slicks and open water conclude the river as it reaches Missoula, dumping into the Clark Fork. The Bitterroot is popular for its months of dry fly fishing opportunities.
This river is typically one of earliest to have a prolific springtime stone fly emergence. The once “secret” Skwala hatch is one of the most noteworthy signs that spring has truly arrived. Starting in early March, “Skwala fever” slowly begins to set in. The action often carries right on through April. As a result of warming spring weather, consequently river conditions can vary, but the right days deliver many beautiful fish to the net.
As temperatures warm due to spring’s progression, caddis, blue winged olives and march brown mayflies emerge. Following snow runoff, the summer season offers a variety of stoneflies, caddis, mayflies, and terrestrials. Finally, autumn brings Hecuba mayflies, October caddis, and mahogany mayflies. The Bitterroot’s variety of water, hatches and spectacular scenery make it a must for any fly angler’s bucket list.