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Bitterroot River

Thursday, August 21, 9:47 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

2.11 / 378

8 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 August

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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

Pale evening dun

Mahogany dun

Trico

Grannom

Saddle-case caddis

Spotted caddis

Green caddis

Golden stonefly

Yellow sally

Salmonfly

Cranefly

Midge

Sculpin

Hopper

Crayfish

Baitfish

Beetle

Ant


The pale evening duns and tan caddis are on the way out, but you should be prepared for hatches of them early in the month.

The trico hatch should continue all month. When you're fishing the trico hatch, take lots of flies. Trout are fussy about tricos, and a high-floating fly is essential when imitating duns. Your fly will be shredded after a few fish have chewed it, so you need to tie on a fresh one. It's a similar problem with the spinners; the wings get chewed up after a few trout.

Hoppers are an August event. They will dominate the midday scene for the rest of the month, especially on windy afternoons. Size 10-12 Parachute Hoppers, Joes Hoppers, Turcks Tarantulas, and similar patterns will excite trout. During the hot part of the day, put a 24-30 inch dropper leader off the hopper and tie a size 16-18 beadhead Pheasant Tail, Copper John, or Prince to the dropper.

In the evening you can expect caddis hatches, so bring size 14-18 imitations. X Caddis, CDC Caddis, and Sparkle Pupas are good fly choices.

If it turns very hot, fishing will be best from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If it's cool, fishing will be better in the evenings and you can take some trout at midday with hoppers. During hot periods, the upper sections should be best.

For more on August 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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