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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 04/28/2020 at 4:13pm

Conditions At-a-glance

poor

Weather Forecast

Our Report

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – The Big Blackfoot River is pretty high and stained. You might find fish in the upper, but, you may be better off fishing elsewhere. Brown’s Lake is a good option right now over in that area.

BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymph rigs and streamers.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – With nights over 32 deg we’re seeing elevated river levels and reduced clarity.

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

High and stained

The Hatch

Midges, maybe Nemouras

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Griffith's Gnat #18; Purple Haze #16-20 NYMPHS -Pat's rubber leg#8, double bead stones #8, prince, and north forks in #14-12. STREAMERS- Freshwater Clouser, Tunghead Marabou Muddler, Sparkle Minnow, Articulated Sculpins

Specifics

Water Flow

5040

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

about 15"

Water temperature at mid-day

45 degrees

Water Condition

Stained

Best time of day to fish

Afternoons

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 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