The Blackfoot River

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The Blackfoot River

Updated 10/22/2021 at 8:51pm

Conditions At-a-glance

good

Weather Forecast

Our Report

BRO’s tips of the week:

As water temperatures drop, trout will favor holding lies that require them to expend less energy.  Soft seams, drop offs, and pools offer great cover, access to food, and a break from the current.  Target fish in these areas for a more productive day on the water.

 

7 day outlook:

Rain is on the way for the Blackfoot with some colder weather to go along with it.  Highs in the 50’s this weekend.  More rain and similar temperatures are expected as we head into next week.

 

Our recommendations for techniques and patterns:

Streamer fishing has been good on the Blackfoot.  Buggers, Sparkle Minnows, Kreelexs, Envys and Dungeons are a good bet.  If you’re not moving any fish give the indicator rig a shot until water temps start to warm in the afternoon.  TJs, Girdle Bugs, San Juans, Duracells, Bird of Prey, Jig PTs, Spanish Bullets and Perdigons are our go to nymphs.  You may still be able to move fish to the surface with an October Caddis or Mahogany, but the dry fly fishing has slowed down considerably.

 

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USGS Water Charts

Conditions

Conditions are good on the Blackfoot.

The Hatch

BWOs #18-20.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Purple Haze, Parachute BWO, Olive Haze #16-20. NYMPHS - TJ Hooker or Girdle Bug #10-#12. Perdigons, Spanish Bullets, Frenchies, Duracells, #14-18. Bird of Prey #08-10 STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 (Sculpin color is a favorite), Zonkers #6 & #8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow, Kreelex Fly #4-6 in Copper/Gold

Specifics

Water Flow

521cfs (below average for this time of year)

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

36"

Water temperature at mid-day

47 degrees

Water Condition

Clear

Best time of day to fish

Fishing is best from late morning into the evening

Best stretch

The entire river is fishable.

Best access point

Multiple access points all along river.

Fish species

Rainbows, westslope cutthroats, cutbows, browns, bull trout and whitefish

Fishing season

All Year - Winter can be tough.

Nearest airport

Missoula International Airport (MSO)

Recommended fly fishing leader

From a boat - 7.5' 3x-4x. Wading step it up to 9'

Recommended fly fishing tippet

2x top bug and 3x for second or 3x to 4x for smaller rigs. We use 0x and 1x for streamers.

Best fly fishing rod

9ft 5 or 6 weights for nymphing and dries - 7wt for streamers

Best floating fly line

WF 5wt or 6wt

Best sinking fly line

3ips