Ideas and Ways to Adapt to a New Normal

March 19, 2020

The Water Forum brings the community together for our river. Though we cannot approach the work in the same way we did last week, we can still do our best to build community around the river. 


While we all learn to adjust to the  recommended social distancing tips from the CDC, w e want to help you get out in nature , find time to relax , and keep your kids busy and still learning.

In Response to COVID-19

Marc 16, 2020

We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Bitter Root Water Forum is committed to doing what we can to keep our community and staff healthy and safe.


With this in mind, our office will be closed to the public for the next two weeks.

March 10, 2020

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the 2020 International Fly Fishing Film Festival on Thursday. It was a wonderful evening full of films, fish, and fun!

We would love to hear your feedback on the film festival. If you could take a few moments to fill out our survey, we would greatly appreciate it. 

Responses submitted through March 22nd will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Freestone Fly Shop.

None of this would have been possible without our amazing sponsors, and a generous friend of Eddie O. Thank you so much Fishs Eddy O OutfittersBitter Root BreweryFreestone Fly Shop and OutletWater Master Rafts, and Great Bear Native Plants.

February 25, 2020

It's not too late to get discounted tickets for next week's screening of the 2020 International Fly Fishing Film Festival! Pre-sale tickets are on sale now at Freestone Fly ShopBitter Root Brewing, and the Water Forum office downtown for $13 ($15 at the door).


The Water Forum office will be closed Tuesday March 3rd and Wednesday March 4th, so stop in now to grab your tickets - don't miss an evening of fishing, films, and fun all in your backyard!


There will be a special showing from local filmmaker Jessica Haydahl, of Dropped in the Pacific, following seven women on an adventure of a lifetime in the famous Christmas Island coral atoll.

Check out our Facebook page for a glimpse at a variety of the trailers!

February 4, 2020

With not much snow currently in the Bitterroot Valley, it raises concern for how the snowpack is doing in the watershed and Montana as a whole.

The water year starts in October and the state was off to a great start in 2019, but the weather changes in November left the western part of the state mainly high and dry. Within the past week alone the valley has been between 3-6 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than Normal Temperature.


Despite that, Montana is only slightly behind on its annual snowpack. There is still plenty of time for a few winter storms to build up much needed snow. The Bitterroot is at 97% of the Current SWE based off of a 1981-2010 median, compared to 91% in January of 2019.


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