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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 06/26/2020 at 7:52pm

Conditions At-a-glance

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Weather Forecast

Our Report

7 DAY OUTLOOK – The Big Blackfoot River is running full but turning green and fish are starting to eat.  Salmon flies, little sallies, golden stones, caddis and pmd’s are out. Unless we see a deluge of rain that blows it out (highly unlikely given the forecast for the week) we think this might be the best week of the year to catch the BIGGEST fish in the river!

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – The Foot is running bank full and in the willows.  Wade fishing is dicey at best and if you are floating it know how to row a boat and read water.  However, if you are fishing with a qualified oars person consider these tips:

  1. Utilize short heavy leaders and tippet – thus affording you more accuracy with large flies and fewer break offs when you snag the willows.  Which you will do, often!
  2. Concentrate on soft water along the banks and inside corners – that’s what the fish are doing.
  3. Rig multiple rods – dry/dropper, double nymph, and streamer – and utilize all during the course of the day.

BEST TECHNIQUES – Fish single dry salmon flies super tight to the willow banks.  If they aren’t looking up run droppers about 24-30″ below dry.  Nymph rigs and streamers fished in slower soft water along bank and inside corners.

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.

Conditions

The river is running bank full but clearing each day and dropping slowly. Perfect for catching great fish.

The Hatch

Salmon flies, little sallies, golden stones, caddis with pmds and green drakes kicking in any day.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Salmon fly variations (Rouge, carnage, cat puke...)#8-6, Goldie Hawn sally #16, paradrake olive #12 NYMPHS - Pat's Rubber Legs, brown, #6; Hare's Ear Nymph, #10-14; Pheasant Tail Nymph, #14-18; Pink or hot bead red San Juan Worm #8-10; Montana Prince tan #12-16, double bead stone peacock or natural #8 STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 in Olive; Zonkers #6, 8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow; Kreelex Fly #6 in Copper/Gold, Gold/Silver, or Purple/Silver.

Specifics

Water Flow

3200 cfs

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

about 24" and greening

Water temperature at mid-day

60 deg

Water Condition

Stained

Best time of day to fish

All day

Best stretch

The whole river

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

7.5 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet

2x 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