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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 12/11/2017 at 7:18pm

Conditions At-a-glance

poor

Weather Forecast

Today
33° / 20°
Mon
30° / 20°
Tue
29° / 14°
Wed
35° / 20°
Thu
37° / 18°
Fri
36° / 22°

Our Report

Don’t be fooled by the minimal snow in the Missoula valley – it is winter up on the Blackfoot with bank ice and snow.  Winter angling on the Foot is typically good but more finicky than other rivers in the region.  We attribute this to the limited amount of sunlight that actually reaches the river during the sun’s winter position.  The most consistent angling is found on the upper (near Russell Gates) or middle reaches (around River Bend CG) – right where the winter sun has an opportunity to hit the water for more than a few minutes a day.  Winter midge fishing on the Foot is very limited but the nymphing and streamer action can be great.  Very meat and potatoes.  Big bugs on heavy tippet.

BEST TECHNIQUES – Find a deep run with fairly consistent current speed (around 4-7′ deep and good steelhead speed – about as fast as you can walk comfortably).  Work the run top to bottom with double nymph rigs spending more time in those portions you get action in.  Then go back through again swinging a skinny streamer with a nymph or worm behind.

OUR TIPS FOR THE WEEK – Roll with the double bead stone and red or pink worm as your searching rig.  Remember, “If you aren’t ticking you’re not sticking!”  Fish low and slow.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – The inversions here lately shouldn’t impact the sun on the upper river as much as lower.  Go further up river.

Stop in, say hi to Terri, John, Matthew, Matt or Fred and we will give you the run down at Blackfoot River Outfitters 3055 North Reserve Street — 406.542.7411.
We are open from 8:30am – 6pm Monday-Friday and 8:30am-5pm Saturdays and 8:30 – noon Sundays.

Conditions

Water is low and clear... and cold.

The Hatch

very few midges

Fly Patterns

DRIES - sipper midge #18-20, mahogany para #14 NYMPHS -Pat's rubber leg#8, double bead stones #8, prince, and north forks in #14-12, worms. STREAMERS- Freshwater Clouser, Tunghead Marabou Muddler, Sparkle Minnow, Articulated Sculpins

Specifics

Water Flow

640 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

http://on.doi.gov/1Tp3aKZ

Visibility

5 feet

Water temperature at mid-day

low 30's

Water Condition

Perfectly clear

Best time of day to fish

The Foot has been fishing reasonably well but this colder winter weather will slow it down - wait for a few low 40's days

Best stretch

Mid and upper river are best in the winter

Best access point

Multiple access points all along river.

Fish species

Rainbows, West Slope cutthroats, cutbows, browns, bulls and white fish

Fishing season

All Year

Nearest airport

Missoula International Airport (MSO)

Recommended fly fishing leader

9 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet

4X Tippet

Best fly fishing rod

9' 5 Weight Fly Rod

Best floating fly line

WF Trout Fly Line

Best sinking fly line

Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line