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The Blackfoot River

Updated 01/14/2021 at 11:56pm

Conditions At-a-glance

poor

Weather Forecast

Our Report

7 DAY OUTLOOK

We will be seeing a rain/snow mix this weekend and into early next week. Temps will be in the high 30’s this weekend and into the low 20’s for the next week. It’s been surprisingly warm for this time of year so we aren’t seeing too much shelf ice yet but fishing hasn’t been great being that the Blackfoot doesn’t get much sun in the winter.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK –

1. Find the buckets of emerald green, soft water and work shallow to deep.
2. Don’t be scared to throw a streamer! The sparkle minnow is always a solid choice.
3. Consider 5x tippet if you’re getting refusals.

BEST TECHNIQUES – 

Winter has arrived on the Blackfoot. Swinging a streamer or throwing one off the bank until wether gets really cold. Nymphing has been a very productive way to fish.

Call or email us for up to the minute updates at 406.542.7411 or if you are in the area- WE HAVE MOVED TO OUR BRAND NEW LOCATION AT 275 N. RUSSELL STREET IN MISSOULA- for all your Orvis gear and the right bugs.

Conditions

It's been pretty cold but fishing has been decent if you can find some open and accessible.

The Hatch

Stick to nymphing for a more productive day of fishing.

Fly Patterns

NYMPHS - Jig perdigons- all variations #12-16, Yellow spot p-tail jig #14-16; Duracells #14-16, Spanish Bullet #14-16 STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 in Olive; Zonkers #6, 8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow; Kreelex Fly #6 in Copper/Gold, Gold/Silver, or Purple/Silver.

Specifics

Water Flow

665 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

36"

Water temperature at mid-day

33-35 degrees

Water Condition

clear

Best time of day to fish

All day but give the mornings a bit to warm up.

Best stretch

Not as much open water as some of the other rivers around Missoula but there is definitely some open water to fish.

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

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

Recommended fly fishing tippet

3x top bug and 4x for second or 4x to 5x for smaller rigs

Best fly fishing rod

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

Best floating fly line

WF 4 wt. or 5 wt.

Best sinking fly line

3ips