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Bitterroot Outdoors

Bitterroot River

The Bitterroot continues to drop after the weekend rains.

Salmon flies are emerging on the upper river and East and West fork. While we have had a decent drop in flows water levels are still quite fast and cold. Wading is still tough in the higher flows with floating becoming a better option.

If you do venture out use caution and get information on your intended float. Avoid floating between the dam and Marty’s bridge on the West Fork as there are 3 separate log jams blocking the river. Always wear a PFD.

Hatches: salmon fly #4-6, golden stone #6-10, yellow sally #14, green drake #8-10

Eddie Olwell, Fishs Eddy O

Free fishing for Father’s Day weekend, June 16-17

Whether you’re tying on a salmon fly or threading a night crawler onto a hook, during Father’s Day weekend, everyone in Montana can fish for free.

“Montana is home to some of the finest fishing anywhere in the world. It’ll be a great chance to get your family outside.” said Martha Williams, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena.

While the promotion allows anyone to fish without a license on June 16-17, all other fishing rules and regulations are in effect and must be followed.

New regulations in place on upper Bitterroot and West Fork

New regulations that set specific sections of the upper Bitterroot and West Fork aside for non-commercial float trips or wade fishing on certain days are now in place

The river is divided into four sections.

The 11 miles in the upper-most Painted Rocks Dam to Applebury site section are closed to floating of any kind on Fridays, from July 1 to Sept. 15, to provide some opportunity for wade fishermen.

The next eight-mile section between Applebury and Trapper Creek Job Corps is closed to commercial float trips on Saturdays. The third section is eight miles long between Trapper Creek Job Corps and Hannon Memorial. It’s closed to commercial float trips on Sundays. The final nine-mile section between Hannon Memorial and Wally Crawford is closed to outfitters and guides on Mondays.

The rules run from June 1 to Sept. 15.