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Bitterroot River

Friday, April 24, 6:01 p.m. MDT


Current River Levels

For 7-day, 30-day, and one-year graphs, click bold type below.

GAGE LOCATION

DAY/YEAR
GRAPHS

CURRENT
STAGE/FLOW

WHAT TIME

W. Fk. Bitterroot / nr Conner

7 30 year

1.76 / 216

4 pm

E. Fk. Bitterroot / nr Conner

7 30 year

- / -

N/A

Bitterroot / nr Darby

7 30 year

3.37 / 1560

4 pm

Bitteroot / nr Missoula

7 30 year

5.43 / 3680

4 pm


Weather

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CITY

Missoula

NOAA

Accuweather

TWC


What to Expect in April

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

March brown

Spotted caddis

Green caddis

Golden stonefly

Salmonfly

Skwala

Cranefly

Midge

Sculpin

Crayfish

Baitfish


You should find Skwala stonefly adults in the upper and middle sections; they should provide large dry fly action all month. They might start to fade about the second or third week of April, but trout will continue to take your imitation even as the bugs depart the scene. Like many anglers, trout can't seem to get enough Skwala action. Use a Bitterroot Olive Stonefly or dirty-olive Stimulator or Clarks Stonefly to imitate this member of the little yellow stonefly family.

March brown mayfly hatches are an important April event. Trout can be slow to switch to them, but once they make the change they will be eager for them on the surface. Hatches will begin about 2:00 p.m. and last for an hour or more, rain or shine. Extended body mayflies are favored by some anglers; see the Green Drake Paradrake--tie it in size 12 with a reddish-brown body. CDC Cripples in size 12-14 can also be productive.

Blue-winged olive hatches will be rolling, but once the trout are onto the March browns they'll be less interested in the blue-wings. Just in case, though, carry Sparkle Duns or Parachute Baetis in size 18, olive.

Stonefly nymphs, streamers, San Juan Worms, beadhead Princes, and other standard subsurface flies are also productive, but wouldn't you really rather cast a dry at this time of year?

Avoid using Egg Flies because trout tend to take them too deeply at this time of year and do serious damage to themselves.

For more on April 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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