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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 06/25/2019 at 2:04am

Conditions At-a-glance

good

Weather Forecast

Our Report

OUR TIPS – **BRING YOUR BEAR SPRAY! There have been a ton of reports of bears, bring the spray, and be on the lookout. When you anchor up on shore, take a look around just to be safe.**

Reports have been good but with the weather all over the board, it can be hit or miss. We will say they are eating stones and mayflies very well when you find em!
All feeder creeks are open up there as well as stillwater bodies.

BEST TECHNIQUES –We’ve been running stone dries with about a 3′ stone dropper. You can still get away with 2X to your dries, the clarity isn’t there enough for the fish to notice. The stronger pound test will help overturn those big bugs and save you some lost bugs to the willows.

7 DAY OUTLOOK

Highs in the 70’s looking into next week and lows in the 40’s with a chance of thunderstorms daily.

Stop in, say hi to the team 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

In good summer shape

The Hatch

Salmon flies, golden stones, drakes, BWOs, Mother's Day Caddis, Yellow Sallys.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - #4 Salmon fly, #14 parachute purple or brown haze, #10-8 royal chubby 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

1930 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

about 4'

Water temperature at mid-day

around 59 degrees

Water Condition

In good summer shape

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

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