The Blackfoot River

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The Blackfoot River

Updated 11/17/2022 at 7:23pm

Conditions At-a-glance

bad

Weather Forecast

Our Report

BRO’s tips of the week:

The Blackfoot won’t be too feasible for the next week. There’s plenty of snow on the ground, and lows in the single digits have left big ice floes across many parts of the river. You might nymph up a fish or two, but it’s probably a better move to tie flies for warmer days right now. 

7 day outlook:

Single digit winter is here! Highs in the 20s this week and lows of almost 0 degrees will make the fishing tough. Think about tying some flies this week until days warm into the 40s around Thanksgiving. 

Our recommendations for techniques and patterns:

If you’re particularly dedicated, nymphing is the way to go at the moment. Try a TJ Hooker, Hot Bead San Juan, Rubber Legs, or Wooly Bugger with a smaller option like a Jig PT or Zebra Midge to increase your odds. Spanish Bullets, Frenchies, Prince Nymphs, Duracells, Two-Bit Hookers, Dunnigan’s Panty Dropper, Fire Starters, and Perdigons will also hunt. 

For streamers, a darker pattern in the Gonga, Dungeon, Bugger, or Peanut Envy can get the job done. 

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USGS Water Charts

Conditions

Conditions are cold.

The Hatch

BWOs, midges, gnats.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Midges, Tiny Klinkhammer #16-20, BWO #18-20, Griffith’s Gnat #18-22. NYMPHS - TJ Hooker, Girdle Bug, Rubber Legs, San Juan #08-#12. Perdigon, Spanish Bullet, Frenchie, Brillon’s Mean Machine, Duracell, Prince Nymph, Jig PT #14-18, Zebra Midge #18-20. STREAMERS - Double Gonga #08, Zonkers #06 & #08 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow. Buggers #06-12, Dungeon or Peanut Envy in Yellow, Brown, Olive, and White.

Specifics

Water Flow

595cfs (average for this time of year)

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

36"

Water temperature at mid-day

32 degrees

Water Condition

Lots of ice.

Best time of day to fish

Afternoon.

Best stretch

Many frozen stretches.

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