Bitterroot River - March 18th, 2011
- 50 ° F
- Fishing: Fair
Keeter and I floated from Bell Xing to Stevi. It was super slow. We caught 5 on skwalas and 1 on a streamer through out the day. I caught a good brown early in the morning and then Keeter had a bump a little ways after. We threw streamers off and on when we had enough of no dry action. Then we would loose the streamers on snags and switch back to skwalas. We were constantly making up excuses for why they weren't eating what we were throwing. (Keeter lost my last good fly I had tied up that I used the day before.)The action picked up... a little...at about 4:30 but every one we talked to on the water was having a tuff day.
(For the record) Neilsen was on the river catching whitefish.
Bitterroot River - March 17th, 2011
- 0 ° F
- Fishing: Good
I dropped the boat in at Silver Bridge and had my sis pick me up at Woodside. The fishing was slow at first but pick up about 3:30 or so. I caught a dozen out of one confluence. They were keyed up on the skwala. None of them with any real size. I caught one nice brown and a few more 16" rainbows right before the the launch. Nothing wrong with throwing green on St. Patty's day
Bitterroot River - March 21st, 2010
- 48 ° F
- Fishing: Good
Fished the river from Florence down on Friday. We fished nothing but dries the entire day and had around a dozen fish (all 15"+) come up and eat a skwala. We also worked some of the sloughs and slicks for pike, but only boated one 3lb. largemouth bass (which I was more stoked about than a pike). There were a lot of bugs on the water including: BWOs, midges, neumoras, skwalas, and little black stones. It is only going to get better from here on out on this river. Look for the emergence of march browns and grey drakes in the near future over here. Its only gonna get better from now until runoff.
Bitterroot River - March 8th, 2010
- 49 ° F
- Fishing: Good
This river is finally waking up after its winter slumber. I fished this river on Friday and Saturday last week and caught fish on nymphs, streamers, and dries. The first of the skwalas have begun to hatch. Although you tend not to see many naturals on or off the water, that doesn't mean the fish aren't keyed onto them. We had around a dozen takes on low-profile skwala dries, all of which were big fish. Give it another week or so until the fishing is strictly a dry-fly deal. If you're looking to catch fish on bigger stonefly patterns, focus your efforts from Florence to Hamilton. Look for the emergence of march browns and bwo's to happen in the near future as well. There are also neumoras, little black stones, and midges on the water. Look for this river to really turn on by next week sometime.
Suggested patterns include: Blooms skwala, godzilla skwala, hammerhead skwala, chernobyl style skwalas, griffiths knats, pulsating midge emergers, red copper johns, princes, red san juan worm, bh pheasant tails, red headed step child, epoxy back skwala nymph, 20"ers, JJ's, sculpzilla, sleezburgers, and buggers