August has arrived and what do you know, Hoot Owl restrictions have been placed on many of our Rivers here in Montana. The complete list of restrictions can be viewed at the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks website by clicking HERE. The details of the restrictions are listed under each river, for the Bitterroot River, the restrictions mean you can NOT legally fish the Main stem of the Bitterroot River from the confluence of the East and West Fork to the mouth, where it meets the Clark Fork. The East Fork, West Fork and all tributaries do not have any "special regulations" placed on them at this time.
Now for the actual fishing report. Our guides have been busy with guided trips and the catching has been all over the board. The right time of day coupled with a good drift is definitely getting more attention than the opposite. The river is low and clear, the fish have seen their fair share of fake flies and they are becoming a bit weary. With that said, a Hopper, Ant or Beetle is probably your best bet. Streamer fishing has turned some heads and the nymphing game has been getting some attention as well. It's the dog days of summer, take what you get. enjoy the scenery and be kind to other anglers.
For a complete list of River issues, see our last fishing report. No new issues have risen since our last report.
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