Bitterroot River East Fork Fishing Report

East Fork of the Bitterroot River

Bitterroot River East Fork Fly Fishing trips» Walk and Wade Western and Tenkara

The East Fork of the Bitterroot is one of the most beautiful and easily accessed streams in southwestern Montana. It begins on the Continental Divide deep in the Bitterroot National Forest. This freestone is made up of riffles, runs, boulders, and deep pools that hold 8- to 18-inch trout.
The East Fork of the Bitterroot River has great fly fishing. As fishing pressure is generally quite low, the trout rise readily to dry flies. The river is quite narrow for most of its length; casting to most spots of the river is quite easy, making it an excellent choice for Tenkara fly fishing. With fast currents and large rocks in the river wading can be a challenge when the flows are up. When the flows are low the water is easy to wade, but most of it can be reached from the banks. Approach carefully: The water is clear, and the fish spook easily. For most of the year the flows on the East Fork of the Bitterroot are too low for floating.

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James Mitchell
MT Outfitter # 9961
Cell (406)360-7238
870 Sleeping Child Road Hamilton, MT 59840