Run Up to Runoff

Our rivers in SW Montana are starting to crank up quite a bit making for some fun and challenging fishing. Actually, the challenging aspect lies more on the guides’ shoulders as we row like hell to slow the boats down so our anglers can properly fish the sweet spots. The fishing is pretty straightforward: a variety of nymphs under a bobber will get the job done with the occasional dry fly opportunity in the right water.  

Our water clarity on the Bitterroot has been remarkable this runoff season with clear fishable water throughout the rise. Cold spells have tamed the beast just before all hell breaks loose from warm weather, allowing us to run our float trips confident and successful for our anglers.  And as I pointed out in my last post, other guides and fishermen are staying home waiting for the water to subside, giving us countless miles of river all to ourselves. Come and get after it with our veteran guides before the full swing of the season, and let us show you the fishing opportunities waiting for you here on the Bitterroot river.

Guide’s Day Off

Summers a’coming quickly and time for us guides to fish is counting down. Once our busy season hits full force there is no more time or extra energy for us to throw a line for ourselves. Chris and I were able to explore some untouched water on the Bitterroot with miles and miles of prime trout habitat to ourselves. Few others are fishing now, and even fewer guide companies are running trips. Not so at Bitterroot River Guides. We guide the full season, including this awkward stage of the season as the river begins to swell into its banks and runoff ensues. Searching far and wide, trout are feeding in the right places and are definitely targetable with the fly rod. Years of experience (35 commercial years between just Chris and myself) and expert guidance allow us to continue running trips while many may tell you that the river is “unfishable”.  Layer up, don your warm hat and gloves, and let’s get after it!