Water flow: 1070 cfs in Bonner
Visibility: 12 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 33 Degrees F
Water condition: Moderately Turbid
Best time of day to fish: Mid afternoon is the best time with this cooler spring weather
Best stretch: Lower sections or way up where there might be more sun.
Best access point: multilple access points all along river
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Fish species: Trout: rainbows, West Slope cutthroats, 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: 3X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
Bottomless emerald pools, boulder strewn pocket water and diamond chop riffles all shaded by moss covered cliffs and towering ponderosa pines combine to make this the epitome of Montana fly-fishing. Thanks to a diligent concerted effort between neighboring landowners, government agencies, conservation organizations and concerned anglers, restored spawning tributaries are continually enhancing trout populations ...
– especially those native to the river. Combining such exceptional juvenile trout recruitment with restrictive creel limits results in a Blackfoot teeming with fish like biceps. Nymphing here is just plain deadly, especially from a boat. We aren't talking about spending the day untangling two pinhead size flies spun tight with 6X tippet around a stick of soft lead and a Don King indicator – this is no tailwater. 4X is as light as we go with 1X common place and bugs often the size of small rodents. Then imagine the same terminal tackle for dries! No stress, just fun. In spite of its familiarity as the inspiration for the big screen hit, "A River Runs Through It," compared to other world class destinations fishing pressure remains relatively light.
Wooly buggers and worms for the best action this time of year. Dead drifting will be the best technique until this early run off slows down and it warms up.
Be sure and stop by or call us for your most up to the minute information and plenty of Orvis gear at our Missoula shop - Blackfoot River Outfitters 3055 North Reserve Street -- 406.542.7411. Good Fishing! www.blackfootriver.com/blog