Blackfoot River Description
Just the Facts:
Bottomless emerald pools, boulder strewn pocket water and diamond chop riffles all shaded by moss covered cliffs and towering ponderosa pines combine to make this the epitome of Montana fly-fishing. Thanks to a diligent concerted effort between neighboring landowners, government agencies, conservation organizations and concerned anglers, restored spawning tributaries are continually enhancing trout populations – especially those native to the river. Combining such exceptional juvenile trout recruitment with restrictive creel limits results in a Blackfoot teeming with fish like biceps. Nymphing here is just plain deadly, especially from a boat. We aren't talking about spending the day untangling two pinhead size flies spun tight with 6X tippet around a stick of soft lead and a Don King indicator – this is no tailwater. 4X is as light as we go with 1X common place and bugs often the size of small rodents. Then imagine the same terminal tackle for dries! No stress, just fun. In spite of its familiarity as the inspiration for the big screen hit, "A River Runs Through It," fishing pressure remains relatively light. Our guides are truly the Blackfoot specialists and love to share our most cherished river.
Typical catch – Western Montana grand slam possible here (all 6 salmonid variations plus whities, suckers and Squaw fish); expect cutties 10"-16", rainbows 12"-18" and browns 16"-20"+. We hope to see around 20 opportunities per rod/per day.
Total area of drainage – 2,290 square miles.
Total river miles we guide – Around 80.
Travel distances from Missoula – 10 minutes to 1½ hours with an average of 35 minutes.
Type of trips available – Floatfish, wading, float/wade combos, overnights, cabin and scenic.
Bank-side accommodations – Should have one cabin availible for 2001 or BCC B & B for local color.
Primary style of fishing – Early season streamers and nymphs; large attractor dries with beadhead dropper throughout the summer and fall.
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BRO's "Top Five" patterns:
Beadhead prince nymph #14 and #10
Royal stimulator #8
#8 Double bead stone (hare's ear color)
Parachute hopper #8
Black beadhead bugger #4