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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 09/14/2020 at 8:01pm

Conditions At-a-glance

good

Weather Forecast

Our Report

7 DAY OUTLOOK – The Big Blackfoot River is in full summer mode. The hopper fishing and terrestrial fishing has been good

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – We have been covering quite a bit of water in the rafts and having good action. Lots of smaller fish with some nice ones mixed in.

  1. Tie a deep perdigon or other tungsten jig beneath the hopper and let it ride. Ants and other terrestrials are getting it done, as well.
  2. Try a double dry rig with something smaller off the back- even let that back bug get drowned and they will pick it up

BEST TECHNIQUES – That hopper dry with the deep tungsten jig! Rinse and repeat.

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Conditions

The river is clear and the overnight temps are keeping things cool in the morning. Fishing earlier is better.

The Hatch

Tons of hoppers out, ants, etc.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Hopper variations (donkey kong, more-or-less, carnage )#8-10, NYMPHS - Jig perdigons- all variations #12-16, Yellow spot p-tail jig #14-16; Duracells #14-16 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

Around 627 at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

running clear

Water temperature at mid-day

63 deg

Water Condition

clear

Best time of day to fish

Earlier is better

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

9.0 Foot Leader

Recommended fly fishing tippet

3x to 4x on dropper

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