Skwalla Hatch (Feb to May)  on the Bitterroot River is a great way to start spring fishing!  Starting in late February to May’s high water.  Be prepared.  Weather can range from warm sunny days to cold, wet and snowy days.  The reward . . . some of the largest Cutthroat, Rainbow and Brown trout on a large dry fly!

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Salmon Fly Hatch (mid-June to early July)  followed by Golden stones, PMD’s  and green-wing Olives.  Summer on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River is time for great floats and warm weather.


Golden Stones, Green Drakes and PMD’s  (Early July thru August)
Weather is great and chance to catch a lot of fish!  Multiple hatches at different times of the day make fishing!

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And the chance to catch a nice one!

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Fall Fishing   (September to October)

Maybe one of the best times to fish!  Fall colors enhance the scenery.  Sunshine, almost no rain and moderate temperatures.  Fishing pressure is reduced.  Late morning hatches and early evenings are best on sunny days.  Try the following dry fly’s, Tricos, Hecuba’s, Mahogony’s and BWO’, October caddis and small hopper patterns with a dropper.

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Rafting on the Bitterroot River