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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 04/17/2019 at 8:21pm

Conditions At-a-glance

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Weather Forecast

Our Report

OUR TIPS – The foot has had a rough start to the spring so far. Nevada Creek up high in the system experienced some earthquakes that may have set off a series of landslides. Just a theory but it would explain the coffee with cream mud we’ve seen for the last three week.
That said, it has started to clear!

BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing with a double rig remains your best bet for numbers but swinging streamers with a two hander can be pretty fun with some of the largest fish of the year to hand.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – The water should continue to clear as long as up high doesn’t blow on us again. According to the forecast, we should be in the clear.

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

Conditions

Dropping

The Hatch

Midges, some skwalas, bwos, and maybe some drakes

Fly Patterns

DRIES - #18 midges 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

2540 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

around 2'

Water temperature at mid-day

around 43 degrees

Water Condition

Higher than normal and still off color

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