Back In Action

After some technical difficulties that are far beyond me I am here to let you know River Otter Outfitters Blog/website is back.Not sure how as of yet, but it is. I’m just going to go with it. Lots to report, but far too late by now. If you didn’t fish here this summer…I’m sorry.  It […]

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Skip Work

If you are a Monday through Friday worker your best fishing day may be the one you call in sick. Weekend traffic can get silly this time of year on the Bitterroot-  plan accordingly. The fishing is great if you are out front, decent in the middle, and just not all that fun if you […]

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Snow May Slow Things Down

Tough to say what this amount of snow will do to the fishing the next couple days. I doubt it will enhance the Skwala bite, but it just may encourage some heavy BWO hatches. Funny how those tiny bugs love miserable weather. When your fingers are frozen and you want to go home is usually […]

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Still Fishing Despite the Pressure

Still Fishing Despite the Pressure

The river is still in great shape and fishing well if you aren’t the 12th boat through any given stretch. The afternoons are producing good dry fly action depending on the river section. Remember as the fish get beat up on giant foam bugs, a low rider skwala or mayfly will be better producers. Not […]

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Got Oil?

Here is a picture from this weekends Walleye trip. The boat hatch on the Bitterroot had me angry and I just couldn’t go back out there.  I took a little break to get away from the traffic and catch some eating fish. Yes, there are some Skwalas out there, just not as many as there […]

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Jameson and Skwalas

The fishing is picking up in the Missoula area, and the warm weather on tap should keep things on the upswing. Look for good dry fly action in the next couple weeks on both stone flies and mayflies. Flows are still on the decline for the time being, and the water is warming daily. Here […]

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Spring Swing

The Bitterroot is looking good for the upcoming weeks, barring torrential rain and high overnight low temperatures. The color and flows are very fishable through the mid and lower river…for the time being. Streamers, nymphs, and worms will work when fished in the slower winter-type water. Skwala nymphs are staged along the shorelines and should […]

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Bluebird Days

The last few days in the Missoula area have been beautiful. The little black stones are out, crawling through the retreating snow and fluttering in the sunshine. While the bugs are starting to pop, the fishing will get better as the water continues to drop, warm, and clear. The first Skwalas should be right around […]

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Spring Fever

Judging by the number of phone calls I’ve gotten lately regarding river conditions I am not the only one with spring fever. We all know what’s right around the corner. Those spring days in the sunshine that without notice turn into hail storms and wind. But, there is more to spring fishing than taking off […]

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