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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 10/08/2019 at 4:25pm

Conditions At-a-glance

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Weather Forecast

Our Report

Feels like fall out there!

OUR TIP OF THE WEEK –

It’s cold and getting colder up the Blackfoot. Go ahead and sleep in a little for a later start.

Fishing has still been solid with Mahoganies, PMXs and BWOs working.

Keep your trusty nymphs as well! San Juans, Pheasant Tail, Jig Head Prince and Girdle Bugs should get you on fish.

BEST TECHNIQUES –We’ve been running dry droppers, 3X to the smaller stone dry (#6-#12) and working with a 3-4′ dropper of either a stone or mayfly.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Snow is in the forecast this week but it’s short lived.  Should be back to typical fall temps and cloud cover by the weekend (which should translate to great fishing).

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

In good summer shape

The Hatch

Still some bigger stones, PMDs, drakes, tricos, BWOs, October caddis, Yellow Sallys. Spruce Moths and hoppers are going off!

Fly Patterns

DRIES - #6-12 chubby, #6-12 any color hopper, #14 parachute purple. 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

609 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

about 5'

Water temperature at mid-day

around 65 degrees in the lower

Water Condition

In good summer shape

Best time of day to fish

Early starts with early stops just until things cool down.

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