Bitterroot River

Hamilton, Montana

Bitterroot River

Bitterroot River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Bitterroot comes to life at the convergence of the East and West forks of the Bitterroot respectively, just north of Conner, and continues north for 97 miles to its confluence with the Clark Fork just outside of Missoula. The Bitterroot is not large by western river standards, but its generous flow provides excellent access for the wade and float fishermen alike. The classic riffle, run and pool characteristics of the Bitterroot and abundant insect life make this river a dry fly fisherman’s dream.

Types of Fish: Rainbow, Brown, Cutthroat, Bull, and Brook Trout, Northern Pike, Whitefish. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping."

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Sissonville, WV
Explorer | 50 pts
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Fly Fished both forks of the Bitterroot outside of Darby. Floated many miles for three days on each and must have caught over 200 cuttys and rainbows in just that amount of time. I know the owners of Backdoor Outfitters. If you are planning a trip there I would highly recommend them!

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