Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Blackfoot River Outfitters's Tip of the Week
Stick with an indicator rig or streamers to improve your chance of success in the high water, but keep an eye out for rising fish in the slower current and eddys. Check the rocky banks and streamside bushes for the big bugs and be prepared with Salmonfly imitations just in case. Tributaries are also open to explore. Don’t overlook Pike fishing in the slow water and sloughs!
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5-Day Outlook as of 5/27/21
Warmer weather is on the way for those fishing the ‘Root. This will likely bring down some of the mid-high snow that has accumulated over the past week so don’t expect those flows to stabilize quite yet. Highs expected in the 70’s and even up to the high 80’s next week! Overnight temperatures in the mid-40s to mid-50s.
Techniques & Tips as of 5/27/21
Streamer fishing with a sink tip line or VersiLeader will help get your flies down in the high water and fast current. Water temps are still cold so slow down your retrieve. Indicator fishing San Juans, large stonefly and mayfly nymphs, or even a wooly bugger will get it done. With the darker water try using a larger profile fly. Add some weight if your flies aren’t getting down in the current. Red/White and Whitefish have been good colors for Pike flies. Goings on at World Headquarters in Missoula: Ladies Night is SOLD OUT! Call or email us for up to the minute updates at 406.542.7411 or if you are in the area stop in- WE HAVE MOVED TO OUR BRAND NEW LOCATION AT 275 N. RUSSELL STREET IN MISSOULA- for all your Orvis gear and the right bugs.
Current Conditions as of 5/27/21Warmer weather is on the way for those fishing the ‘Root. This will likely bring down some of the mid-high snow that has accumulated over the past week so don’t expect those flows to stabilize quite yet. Highs expected in the 70’s and even up to the high 80’s next week! Overnight temperatures in the mid-40s to mid-50s.
Local Species Available Year round; some tributaries closed December 1-third week of May. Check regulations before fishing.
Trout - rainbows
browns and cutties - whitefish
|Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ||blk/brn||8-12|
|Vernille San Juan Worm||N/A||8-12|
|Bead Head Prince||N/A||8-10|
|Zonker||tan or olive||6-10|
|Cone Head Muddler Minnow||tan, black or olive||4-8|
Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ
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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