The Blackfoot River

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The Blackfoot River

Updated 05/27/2022 at 10:22pm

Conditions At-a-glance

bad

Weather Forecast

Our Report

BRO’s tips of the week:

With the cold spring we’ve been having flows are on a roller coaster ride- jumping on the warmer days but dropping quickly once the temperature falls. If you find the rivers starting to drop and you’re itching to get out, focus on the upper sections of the watershed. Usually, those will fish better because they clear out quickest. Alternatively, you can explore stillwater options. Tributaries, which open 5/21, are another option.

 

7 day outlook:

The Blackfoot has started to jump with the warm weather we had this week.  Rain expected this weekend and warm weather again next week are going to make for a difficult week of fishing.

 

Our recommendations for techniques and patterns:

Nymphing will likely be your best bet when the water is off-color. Bigger/brighter is better when vis gets low. Fish can’t eat what they can’t see! Try Girdle Bugs, TJ Hookers, Double Bead Stones, and San Juans in #6-8. If the water clears up, Lightning Bug, Jig PT, 2-Bit Hooker, Prince Nymph, Duracell, Spanish Bullet or Perdigon in #12-14 should be more productive.  Don’t hesitate to throw a Wooly, Sparkle Minnow or other small streamer under your indicator to grab attention.

Check out our spring fly selection here.

 

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USGS Water Charts

Conditions

The Blackfoot is muddy and will be tough for at least the next week.

The Hatch

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Large attractors. NYMPHS - TJ Hooker, Girdle Bug, San Juan #08-#12. Perdigons, Spanish Bullets, Frenchies, Duracells, Jig PTs #12-18. STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #06-08, Zonkers #06 & #08 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow. Buggers #06-12

Specifics

Water Flow

4260cfs (just below average for this time of year)

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

12"

Water temperature at mid-day

50 degrees

Water Condition

Clarity on the Blackfoot usually clears above Scotty Brown Bridge when Monture Creek gets muddy

Best time of day to fish

Afternoon and evening.

Best stretch

The entire river is fishable. Above Scotty is best when Monture blows.

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