A spectacular and productive trout fishery, the Bitterroot River flows through one of Montana's most scenic valleys for some 70 miles north from Darby to its confluence with the Clark Fork near Missoula.

Its two primary headwaters—the East Fork, which runs from the Pintler Mountains to Sula, where it meets U.S. Highway 93; and the West Fork, which flows east out of the Bitterroot range from Painted Rocks Reservoir—both offer great cutthroat fishing, with long riffles interrupted occasionally by sweeping bends and pocket water.

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