The Blackfoot River

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The Blackfoot River

Updated 01/26/2023 at 10:48pm

Conditions At-a-glance

bad

Weather Forecast

Our Report

BRO’s tips of the week:

The Blackfoot was already iced over in many stretches, a situation that will only worsen with highs in the single digits and lows below zero over the weekend. It’s a good idea to look elsewhere for your winter fishing.

7 day outlook:

Lows down to -15 degrees this weekend are expected through Monday, and the area won’t climb above freezing until next weekend.

Our recommendations for techniques and patterns:

When the Blackfoot warms up a little, nymphing will be the most effective way to fish. 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, try a Kreelex, Bugger, Lil Kim, or Precious Metals fished slowly. 

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USGS Water Charts

Conditions

Conditions are cold.

The Hatch

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. Lil Kims. Buggers #06-12, Dungeon in Brown, Olive, and White.

Specifics

Water Flow

500cfs (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