Fishing the Bitterroot River
There's nothing else like it
The Bitterroot River is considered one of the most scenic and "fishy"rivers in all of Montana. The river cuts through the rolling grassy Sapphire Mountains to the East and the rocky, snow-capped Bitterroot Mountains to the west. Beginning with it's headwaters down on the Montana-Idaho border, the river system is comprised of the East Fork, West Fork and the confluence of those branches just north of the Town of Connor, Montana. From there, the main Bitterroot River flows 80 miles north to meet the Clark Fork River in the City of Missoula. The river's assortment of runs, riffles, pools, flats and channels all combine to offer a vast array of fishing possibilities. Unlike much of the central and eastern regions of Montana, the Bitterroot Valley stays relatively mild throughout most of the winter, earning it's nickname as Montana's "Banana Belt." The relatively milder climes have led the Bitterroot Valley to become one of The Treasure State's most important agricultural areas as well as a "Mecca" for year-round trout fishing.
The West Fork of the Bitterroot River is fed by the Painted Rock Reservoir and thus maintains relatively clean flows all year long, even during the late spring snow melts. This section of the river is home to some monster rainbow and brown trout.
The Bitterroot Trout Shop is located in Darby, Montana just a few miles north of where the East and West Forks meet. This stretch of river tends to hold great numbers of cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout. We are very fortunate to have all of these amazing fishing possibilities right in our back yard. We hope you will join us for an experience you will never forget and one that will keep you coming back again and again.