Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Blackfoot River Outfitters's Tip of the Week
Clarity continues to improve on the Bitterroot, and while flows have resumed their roller coaster during these warm summer days, the general trend is promising. Salmonflies and golden stones are on the water and fishing well throughout the upper river, so it’s a good time to head up there and find some fish.
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Blue Damsel Lodge
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Triple Creek Ranch
5-Day Outlook as of 7/1/22
Warm and sunny days in the forecast! There’s still some snow hanging on in the Bitterroot range, but the river has settled into a mild rise and fall each day with minimal impact to clarity. Scattered thunderstorms and warm temperatures expected through the holiday weekend. If you are floating please use extreme caution. This river changes rapidly with high flows and is known for producing fatal log jams. New obstructions and changing channels can appear at any time. Give us a call for an updated obstruction report.
Techniques & Tips as of 7/1/22
Salmonflies are scattered but still on the menu on the Bitterroot. Our favorite salmonflies are the Thing from Uranus, Fluttering Stones, Emma Stones, and the Juicy Stone. These are great with a San Juan, Rubberlegs, or Frenchie on a short dropper and fished close to the bank in slow water. Cut the dropper off in the afternoon if you’re finding success on the dry. Golden stone and yellow sally activity is starting to pick up as well. For nymphing, try Girdle Bugs, TJ Hookers, Double Bead Stones, and San Juans in #6-8. As the water clears up, Jig PT’s, 2-Bit Hooker, Prince Nymph, Duracell, Spanish Bullet or Perdigon in #12-16 will be productive. Don’t hesitate to throw a Wooly, Sparkle Minnow or other small streamer under your indicator to grab attention. Streamer fishing is also good. Sparkle Minnows, Kreelexes, Mini Dungeons, and Thin Mints/Buggers are all good to carry on the water. Try speeding up your retrieve with these water temps and visibility to attract a predatory response. Goings on at World Headquarters in Missoula: Check out shop.blackfootriver.com for more!
Local Species Available Year round; some tributaries closed December 1-third week of May. Check regulations before fishing.
Trout - rainbows
browns and cutties - whitefish
|Big Sky Salmon Fly||N/A||06-08|
|TH 20 Incher||N/A||06-10|
|Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ||N/A||06-10|
|Vernille San Juan Worm||N/A||06-10|
|Larson's Legend Golden Stone Dry||N/A||08-12|
|Tungsten Jig Bugger||N/A||06-10|
Big Sky Salmon Fly
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Super Strong Plus Leaders
SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
5-Weight 9' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
WF Trout Fly Line
Best Sinking Fly Line:
Bank Shot Sink Tip Fly Line