October 13, 2020 Bitterroot River Update

Fall Fishing is here and right on time. This week on the Bitterroot saw changes from sunny and 70 degrees to the rain, wind and chilly weather perfect for Blue Wing Olives and they showed up! Mornings have been slower but a small Pats Stone will get it done as well as small Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns, and Perdigons. These patterns will keep you into fish until the afternoon when the Blue Wings start to come off. We are not seeing clouds of bugs but they are there and when you see the size 20 bug then switch to the top. We have taken fish with Purple Haze, Copper Haze, and various Blue Wing patterns as long as they are small- size 18 will get it done. Watch for delicate rises, these fish are not wasting excessive energy chasing these small insects.  With the continuation of changing weather patterns expected for the next few days watch for the windows of opportunity and be ready when they arrive. The river is at a low flow with multiple locations you must drag but for the intrepid anglers there is water and privacy to be found if you work hard.

The Swing bite is picking up with soft hackles in size 14 still producing but the streamer bite is picking up. Depth is still shallow so Scandi lines and light tips are still working well but get your Skagit’s ready as we will begin to see fish move to deeper runs soon.  Pheasant Tail Soft Hackles in size 14, and Sparrows in October Caddis color will take fish. Fish the likely runs but don’t overlook the buckets and shelves where many fish are opportunistic, short targeted casts with 8 to 10 feet of swing will produce. As long as we can get out this fall we will be swinging on the Bitterroot and Clark Fork, with quick runs to the Mo as well so if you are intrigued with the two hander give us a call at (406) 493 1502.

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