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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 07/30/2018 at 6:41pm

Conditions At-a-glance

good

Weather Forecast

Today
85° / 60°
Sun
85° / 54°
Mon
68° / 56°
Tue
80° / 49°
Wed
85° / 48°
Thu
82° / 55°

Our Report

The foot is in full summer shape.
Dry droppers are a good option all day and throwing a single dry in the morning (spruce moth) has been working well!
We have had good success on chubbys or big foam hoppers with either a prince or rubber leg dropper.
When nymphing, no need to go super deep. We are still finding fish on short-ish rigs, 4′-5′ to your first bug.

OUR TIPS – Get out early. With the hot days, the day water temps will continue to rise. And please be mindful, once temps start reaching the high 60’s… fish are going to need more TLC when releasing. Let’s be good to them!

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Hot! The temps will average 90 degrees well into next week. Again, with the nights only getting down into the 50’s… start early, end early!

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

Clear and in "summer conditions".

The Hatch

Spruce moths, hoppers, goldens, drakes, yellow sallies, caddis, PMDs.

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

1,220 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

around 6'

Water temperature at mid-day

mid/upper 60's

Water Condition

Summer time flows and clear.

Best time of day to fish

Early morning... start early and end early!

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