BETTER GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!
The flows on the Bitterroot River are stable but are pretty big. At Hannon it’s 1,900 CFS and at Bell Crossing it’s 3,100 CFS. The good news is there are still a fair numbers of skwalas and march browns out, but their numbers are beginning to wane. The bad news is with the weather forecast predicting temperatures pushing in to the 80’s by late this week, the Bitterroot is going to go huge and become unfishable. Even now you are going to have to find the soft edges and back water for your best prospecting. This may not be the start of true runoff but we’ll just have to wait and see. Runoff historically doesn’t start until early May. If the weather cools off, there may be a short window to fish before the big push of water starts. The snow pack is sitting at 170% of average basin wide so this could be a BIG runoff year. Stayed tuned (Updated April 24)