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September 3, 2020 Bitterroot River Update

A Season of Transition. What a roller coaster of weather and fishing conditions over this last week and the trend is not changing in the near future, this weekend looks hot and dry and a return to unseasonably cool temps is forecasted for early next week. However, for the angler there are tremendous opportunities as these conditions change. On the days that we have clouds or smoke haze the mayfly action has been superb with Hecuba’s, early Mahogany’s and Blue Wing Olives. On the sunny and bright windy afternoons hoppers, ants, and beetles still produce but don’t give up too easily on the may fly, they are producing!

Flows are steadily on the drop but, temps are good. On those hot days fish early and get off early and help us all preserve our tremendous resource (the fish). Patterns we like and are fishing are all the standards including Purple Haze in 12, 14 and 16, Brindlechutes in 10 and 12, Copper Haze in 14, and Pheasant Tail Parachute in 16 as well as Adams in 10 and 16. Hoppers in tan or peach are great options and submerging a two tone ant is a good bet.

Get those drifts in tight to structure on bright days but look for fish in deeper runs actively feeding on cloudy days. As always the good drift will get it done as long as it is the first drift so get your length correct before you throw at the guy sipping bugs. The river remains dangerous for the inexperienced and we continue to see the remains of “Floaty” things piled in the wood so stay vigilant.


As always, visit our "resources" page for up to date river flows and weather reports! Feel free to swing by the shop to speak with one of our expert guides for additional advice and recommendations.


Have a great Labor Day and be safe

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