bitterroot river guides hamilton montana

Bitterroot River Pre Runoff

We checked out the Bitterroot a few days ago just to see.  You know, just to see for ourselves what’s happening out there.  She was at 3500 at Darby, a pretty fishable level in my opinion, so even though most folks will give you the poo-poo about fishing right now we figured it could be done.  While the main stem of the Bitterroot is chugging along, channels like the ones pictured are filled up and looking good.

Well, it pretty much sucked.  I did catch a small brown and a squawfish and had another fish chase the streamer, but the Bitterroot was obviously off color and flowing fast.  Now if you take a look today at the USGS Streamflow, three days later, things are starting to look pretty good.  The river has dropped nicely down to 2900 cfs at Darby, which should clean things up and stabilize the fish.  We’ll be checking soon to keep an eye on the fishing before the big water cometh.  Gotta go to know.

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