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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 09/28/2018 at 6:52pm

Conditions At-a-glance

good

Weather Forecast

Today
62° / 34°
Sat
63° / 32°
Sun
63° / 31°
Mon
64° / 32°
Tue
63° / 33°
Wed
58° / 41°

Our Report

Nymphing early with a double nymph rig. Switch to the foam dry with the deep dropper as the temps climb.

OUR TIPS –Try trolling a streamer slowly with a san juan or a double bead stone behind it. Lower water temps = slower retrieves.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Temps are cool but stable. Lots of clouds in the forecast is good news for our fishing. Get out there and get some!

Stop in, say hi to Terri, John, Matthew, Kade 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

Clear and in fall condition

The Hatch

mahoganies, hoppers, october caddis, BWO, san juan worms

Fly Patterns

DRIES - #10 hoppers, october caddis, and #14-16 mayflies 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

659 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

around 6'

Water temperature at mid-day

around 55

Water Condition

low and clear.

Best time of day to fish

mid day to early evening

Best stretch

The whole river is fishable.

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