BEST TECHNIQUES – Full on fall stuff happening. Fish those mayflies and when they are not eating those- go with the hopper and drop a worm or tungsten pheasant tail behind it.
OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK –
Don’t forget the hopper- we haven’t had a hard freeze yet.
Be sure to call the shop in Missoula to get up to the minute recommendations…Blackfoot River Outfitters 406-542-7411.
7 DAY OUTLOOK – Though cool, 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.
Clear and continuing to drop.
Mahoganies, BWO, Hoppers, Oct. Caddis, tricos
DRIES - October caddis #10, Adams #14-16, Chubbies #8-10
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- 230 cfs, near Missoula - 753 cfs
Water temperature at mid-day
mid 50's to 60 degrees
Cool and clear
Best time of day to fish
mid day to early evening
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.
Best fly fishing rod
9 or 9'6" 5 or 6 weights for nymphing and dries - 7wt for streamers
Best sinking fly line