BEST TECHNIQUES -Still getting them on mahoganies, BWO’s, and midges “heat of the day.” Double nymph rigs and slow streamers are becoming more important.
OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – Go deep with that tungsten jighead p-tail.
Be sure to call the shop in Missoula to get up to the minute recommendations…Blackfoot River Outfitters 406-542-7411.
7 DAY OUTLOOK – See above for weather report. Though getting colder, the weather looks consistent and cloudy. Great mayfly weather!
Call us or stop by our fly shop at 3055 North Reserve Street in Missoula for specific locations or to pick up your bugs. Thanks and good fishing from the crew at:
Blackfoot River Outfitters — 406.542.7411.
A little high from all of the rain and cooling down all of the time
Mahoganies, BWO, midges
DRIES - BWO #16-18, Adams #14-16, Chubbies #10-12
NYMPHS- Prince, PTs, double bead stones, copper johns - tungsten is a good call on all.
STREAMERS - olive or natural zonker type pattern #6, sparkle minnow #6, olive or black bead head buggers #8
Darby- 423 cfs, near Missoula - 1160 cfs
Water temperature at mid-day
mid 40's to mid 50's
Cool and clear
Best time of day to fish
The whole river is fishable. There is debris so still be cautious when floating.
Best access point
Multiple fishing access points along the river.
Rainbows, browns, cutthroats, cutbows, and white fish.
All year, catch and release for trout in the winter.
Missoula international Airport (MSO)
Recommended fly fishing leader
From a boat - 7.5' 3x-4x. Wading step it up to 9'.
Recommended fly fishing tippet
3x top bug and 4x for second or 4x to 5x for smaller rigs
Best fly fishing rod
9 or 9'6" 5 or 6 weights for nymphing and dries - 7wt for streamers
Best sinking fly line