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Bitterroot River

Saturday, May 27, 1:31 p.m. MDT


Current River Levels

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GAGE LOCATION

DAY/YEAR
GRAPHS

CURRENT
STAGE/FLOW

WHAT TIME

W. Fk. Bitterroot / nr Conner

7 30 year

3.73 / 1480

12 pm

E. Fk. Bitterroot / nr Conner

7 30 year

- / -

N/A

Bitterroot / nr Darby

7 30 year

5.36 / 4230

12 pm

Bitteroot / nr Missoula

7 30 year

8.21 / 9380

12 pm


Weather

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CITY

Missoula

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC


What to Expect in May

How to use this section.


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

HATCH

NYMPH/
LARVA

PUPA/
EMERGER

DUN/
ADULT

EGG-
LAYER

Blue-winged olive

Pale morning dun

March brown

Grannom

Spotted caddis

Green caddis

Golden stonefly

Salmonfly

Cranefly

Midge

Sculpin

Crayfish

Baitfish


March browns are a May event--runoff permitting. Hatches start at midday and continue for an hour or more. A size 12 CDC Cripple is a good imitation, or try an extended body pattern.

By the end of May there may be some adult salmonflies on the banks. That means the nymphs will be active beginning in mid-May, and a size 4-6 black Kaufmanns Stonefly, Rocky Nymph, Rubber Legs, Bitch Creek or similar pattern will be productive when dead-drifted near the bottom. Team your stonefly nymph with a size 12-14 Copper John, Prince, or Pheasant Tail. Brown or black Woolly Buggers in size 4-6 are another subsurface option; cast down-and-across and let the fly swing, or retrieve it.

All this is subject to runoff conditions, of course. If the river is high and muddy there's just not much you can do until it starts to drop and clear.

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

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