Blackfoot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Blackfoot River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Nymphing the slow, knee to mid chest deep water, and riffle drop offs will be your best bet. Those choosing to roll with streamers should consider trailing a small rubber leg or worm behind it. Remember in the cold spring water low and slow, even dead drifted, is your best best.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Blackfoot River is currently Just OK

Water flow: 1140cfs (above average flows for this time of year)

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch: All along the river. Look for slow deep runs and drop offs.

Best access point: Multilple access points all along river.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Little brown stones and black stones, midges, blue winged olives, skwalas will show up any time.

Fish species: Trout: rainbows, West Slope cutthroats, browns, bulls and white fish.

Fishing season: All Year; Tributaries closed December 1-third week of May.

Nearest airport: Missoula International Airport (MSO)

Person Fishing in a stream

Blackfoot River Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

Double nymphing rigs with Princes, Rubberlegs/TJ Hookers, Double Bead Stones, Perdigons and San Juans in the deep inside bends, slower drop offs and pools will be your best option. If you want to run a streamer use a leggy bug and trail it up with a smaller pattern.

7-Day Forecast

Highs jumping into the mid 60's this week with overnight temperatures warming as well. Just about the time the river started fishing last week flows jump and the river went off color. Hopeful the flows continue to stabilize and the silt rolls on out.


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