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The Big Blackfoot River

Updated 12/02/2019 at 9:35pm

Conditions At-a-glance

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Weather Forecast

Our Report

Feels like fall out there!

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK –

It’s cold and getting colder up the Blackfoot. Go ahead and sleep in a little for a later start.

San Juans, Pheasant Tail, Jig Head Prince and Girdle Bugs should get you on fish.

BEST TECHNIQUES –Nymph rigs and streamers.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – The river is pretty icy right now. Look out for ice jams breaking up with the warmer weather. Otherwise, the Blackfoot is in good shape for the fall.

Call us or stop by our fly shop at 3055 North Reserve Street in Missoula for specific locations or to pick up your bugs. Thanks and good fishing from the crew at:
Blackfoot River Outfitters — 406.542.7411.

Conditions

In good fall shape

The Hatch

Midges

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Griffith's Gnat #18; Purple Haze #16-20 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

646 cfs at Bonner

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

about 5'

Water temperature at mid-day

33 degrees

Water Condition

In good fall shape

Best time of day to fish

Late morning to late afternoon

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