About the Bitterroot
The Bitterroot River provides a wide variety of different fly fishing experiences throughout the season. The Bitterroot has a reputation of great angling late winter and early spring, using dry flies that are large enough to see for most anglers. Winter emerging stoneflies typically leave the water on sunny days, during the afternoon when the most heat is available. Mid March, the Skwala stonefly starts making appearances on the water, the hatch becomes more prolific at the end of the month and first week of April. The BWO and March Brown mayfly hatches follow next. These mayflies bring trout to the surface and provide many targets. Trout are eager to eat this time of year and its your best odds at catching a big Brown on a dry. The Root offers great PMD hatches early and mid summer. The late summer and fall fishing on the Bitterroot can be some of the best dry fly fishing of the season. Trico, Mahogany, and BWO hatches can be prolific and is a dry fly fisherman's paradise.