The upper reaches of the Bitterroot River and its tributaries are characterized by riffles, pools, and runs. It is lined with many boulders and downed trees creating the habitat for a mostly Cutthroat Trout population and a good mix of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. This stretch of the Bitterroot also fishes well throughout the season.
The middle stretches of the Bitterroot benefit from numerous smaller tributaries. These smaller tributaries create more flow, but still exhibit the characteristics of riffles, pools, and runs with several splits in the main channel. These sections tend to fish best in the Spring through early Summer and then again in the late Summer throughout the Fall. Although there are plenty of Rainbow Trout and Cutthroat Trout in this part of the river, these stretches also contain the highest concentrations of Brown Trout in the Bitterroot River.
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