The Bitterroot River got its name from the flowering plant along its banks. The Bitterroot River is a handsome stream running over 80 miles from Idaho Northerly down the Bitterroot valley. Home to the famous Skawala hatch, the Bitterroot holds numerous Browns, Rainbow, and Cutthroat. Skawala in the native Indian language means “place of the beaver” which is very evident by the numerous downed cottonwood trees. These trees provide holding structure for the fish of the Bitterroot, and a casting challenge to the fly fisher. The Bitterroot is best known for its wading opportunity. Expect numerous gravel bars and drop offs that can be fished from the boat, or wade fished from islands and banks. The “root” while a bigger drive from our shop is a memorable trip for those seeking the adventure .
The Blackfoot River is one of incredible scenery and a legendary wild trout population. Sometimes it can be hard to watch your fly while drifting through these rugged steep canyons. This boulder strewn river is best guided and fished from a raft due to the numerous rocks and riffles. For the accurate fly caster, the Blackfoot River offers a fun day of throwing dry flies behind rocks and targeting holding water for the numerous trout of the wild river. From the clearwater bridge, to the town of Bonner, the Blackfoot River offers 30 miles of very beautiful canyon fishing. All of this less than just one hour from our shop in Superior. While the Rainbow and Cutthroat dominate this fishery, the occasional Brook and Brown can be found. A must do on most bucket lists.
The Clark Fork River is Adventure Missoula’s home river and we are constantly fishing the numerous stretches of this big river. The Clarkfork River starts in Anaconda and flows over 120 miles Dam free until it meets up with the Flathead River. Adventure Missoula’s guides, Jared and Steve, know this river and the numerous moods of the Clark Fork. Depending on wind, weather, and your time requirements our guides will recommend the perfect trip for your day.
The river has some protected stretches that allow us to fish even during windy days. The Clarkfork River is ideal if one of the fisherman is a beginner, as the guide can concentrate on helping without dodging rocks and navigating tricky currents. Not to be underestimated, the lower Clarkfork has some technical water with a few rapids that will challenge even the best caster.
Western Water’s fishes this river strictly from our drift boats and the entire day is spent casting to banks and working the riffles. During the numerous hatches we will seek out holding pools where fish are rising to dry flies. While spring has the Skawalas the summer is home to cadis and grasshoppers. If you are used to the Madison , Snake or the San Juan You are in for a real treat here in Western Montana as we usually have the Clarkfork River to our self.
The Clark Fork trips meet at our shop and will have you back in Superior once the fish quit rising, or it is to dark to get the boat on the trailer.
Steve guides the lower Clark Fork for Trophy Trout while making the fishing day a special experience. Steve’s enthusiasm for teaching and passing on techniques provides an opportunity for new fly casters and those seeking local knowledge. While now a Montana local, Steve is actually a retired California City Manager. He will be the first to tell you his new office, behind the oars of a drift boat, suites him quite fine. Call today to book a fly fishing trip with Steve or contact Adventure Missoula today by clicking here.
Best Fishing Trip
Our customers frequently say that the Alberton Gorge trip is the most exciting day they have ever had on a fishing/rafting trip. Most of the bigger fish in the river hold up in the pools at the bottom of the rapids so you never know what you might catch. You will have to wear a high flotation for all 15 rapids, and all the gear gets put away for Triple Bridges, Tumbleweed, and Fang rapids but you can cast away on everything else! The Combo Fishing and Whitewater Adventure is very scenic and rarely fished. This unforgettable trip can be done by gear fishing and/or fly fishing.We offer this trip April through November.