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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 06/18/2018 at 8:45pm

Conditions At-a-glance

poor

Weather Forecast

Today
75° / 45°
Thu
71° / 52°
Fri
76° / 58°
Sat
66° / 51°
Sun
78° / 52°
Mon
81° / 52°

Our Report

The foot bumped (again) with all this rain we’ve received and is out of shape at the moment.
We hope that our rivers will start coming back into shape by the end of the week.
If you decide to fish the foot…double down nymph rigs is a great option for early morning and well into the afternoon. Weather depending, if you see bugs flying… try a dry/dropper rig with a large dry stone and a size 6 rubber leg or worm under. Also, a size 8/10 prince would be great, especially on the drop-off lines.

The North Fork and creeks are now open but BE CAREFUL wading it, it is still pushing!

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Things should start to drop into shape again by the end of the week and into the weekend. The weather looks great come midweek and summer may finally arrive, it’s been a wet and chilly June so far!

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

High and blown right now but will start to clear come midweek and well into the weekend! Good water is on the way!

The Hatch

Salmon and goldens, drakes, yellow sallies, caddis

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Salmon #4 or Golden #6 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

5,400 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

less than a foot

Water temperature at mid-day

high 40's

Water Condition

High and blown but will start to clear later this week!

Best time of day to fish

Mid-afternoon until early evening.

Best stretch

The North Fork or feeder creeks are a great option for wading and the whole system will be floatable soon!

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