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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 08/23/2019 at 11:43pm

Conditions At-a-glance

good

Weather Forecast

Our Report

We will ramp up to a hot mid-week and then it’s into another big cool down!

OUR TIP OF THE WEEK –

Things are back to clear on the foot and fishing is back in shape.
Dry dropper fishing is still working great, a mayfly or stone dropper is the ticket.
We are still encouraging folks to get out early just to keep that habit rolling.
They are looking up for smaller stone dries, #6-#12, and they will definitely eat a stone or mayfly dropper.
Spruce moths are out but fish are hit or miss with those. A true hopper is a great option to run for a larger dry to keep those droppers afloat.


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.
They’ve pushed into heavier water so high sticking those dries will keep you in the right line longer!

7 DAY OUTLOOK

Wednesday is looking hot, high of 90. There is a cold front moving in that evening, look for winds associated with the big change.
Thursday on looks cooler, with highs in the low 80’s.

Strong winds in the evening this weekend, be advised.

n 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

Still some bigger stones, PMDs, drakes, BWOs, 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

672 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

about 5'

Water temperature at mid-day

around 67 degrees in the lower

Water Condition

In good summer shape

Best time of day to fish

Early starts with early stops.

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