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Bitterroot River Fishing Report by Blackfoot River Outfitters (November 5, 2021)

BRO’s Tips of the Week:

As water temperatures drop, trout will favor holding lies that require them to expend less energy.  Soft seams, drop offs, and pools offer great cover, access to food, and a break from the current.  Target fish in these areas for a more productive day on the water.

7 Day Outlook:

Rain in the forecast this weekend for the Bitterroot.  Saturday will be 50 degrees, but rainy.  Sunday is going to be a bit chillier, but the rain should be done by the time you’re getting on the water.  Snow and rain in the forecast for later next week.

Our Recommendations for the Best Techniques and Patterns:

BWO’s are still kicking around on the Bitterroot and we should start seeing some midges soon, but the dry fly fishing is slowing down for the year.  Parachute BWOs, Christiansen’s Adult BWO and DL Cripples in #18-20 for the Blue Wings.  Streamer fishing has been productive, but with colder water temps start to slow down your retrieve.  Stick to smaller streamers with the low clear water in the Bitterroot right now.  If you’re fishing articulated flies, go for the “mini” version.  Otherwise, the usual fare has been good: Sparkle Minnows, Wooly Buggers, Kreelexs, and Jigged Sparkle Yummys.  Nymphing is going to become more and more productive as water temperatures drop.  Perdigons, Spanish Bullets, Green Machines, Lightning Bugs, and Pheasant Tails #14-18.  Girdlebugs, TJs and San Juans in #10-12 are also a good bet.

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