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Bitterroot River

Tuesday, October 21, 8:52 a.m. MDT


Current River Levels

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GAGE LOCATION

DAY/YEAR
GRAPHS

CURRENT
STAGE/FLOW

WHAT TIME

W. Fk. Bitterroot near Conner

7 30 year

1.04 / 41

7 am

E. Fk. Bitterroot near Conner

7 30 year

- / -

N/A

Bitterroot near Darby

7 30 year

/

N/A

Bitterroot near Missoula

7 30 year

/

N/A


Weather

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CITY

Missoula

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC


What to Expect in October

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Hatches divided by half-month.  Super    Major    Minor    Slight    None

HATCH

NYMPH/
LARVA

PUPA/
EMERGER

DUN/
ADULT

EGG-
LAYER

Blue-winged olive

Mahogany dun

Hecuba

October caddis

Golden stonefly

Salmonfly

Cranefly

Midge

Sculpin

Hopper

Crayfish

Baitfish

Beetle

Ant


Tricos will dissapear with the first cold snap, if they aren't gone already. After that, expect a normal October with blue-winged olives, October caddis, and mahogany duns.

Expect mahogany dun hatches between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on warm days. Match the duns with a size 14-16 reddish-brown Sparkle Dun or Parachute Hares Ear. This hatch will fade quickly and should be over by the end of the first week of October.

Blue-winged olives are the major mayfly hatch for October. They will hatch all month, with emergences beginning around noon; the hatch can last the rest of day. Cloudy days will extend and intensify the hatch early in the month, but when it gets cooler the BWOs won't care as much about cloudy weather. When fishing the blue-wing hatch, carry size 18-20 Pheasant Tail nymphs for pre-hatch nymphing; Baetis Cripple or CDC Baetis for emerger patterns; Sparkle Duns or Parachute Baetis for duns; and Rusty Spinners for spinner falls. Backeddies and slower runs are good places to look for feeding trout.

October caddis can also be found on the water in the late afternoons and evenings. You can pick up trout on size 8 orange Stimulators or Elk Hair Caddis. Dead-drifting the big dries will work, and it can help to give the fly an occasional twitch. Some anglers feel that skating these flies is a less productive strategy on the Bitterroot, although it can work well on other rivers. The October caddis should continue through mid-month, at least.

For more on October tactics and flies, see the Rivers in General forecast

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Other Info Sources

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Bitterroot Fly Company 406-821-1624

Blackfoot River Outfitters 406-542-7411
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Chuck Stranahan's Flies and Guides 406-363-4197

Grizzly Hackle 406-721-8996
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The Kingfisher 406-721-6141
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The Missoulian Angler 406-728-7766
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Osprey Outfitters 406-363-1000


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