Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Blackfoot River Outfitters's Tip of the Week
Can’t see that #20 Trico or BWO spinner? Try using a sighter fly as your first bug in a double-dry rig. Putting a larger parachute style fly like a purple haze in tandem with more difficult to see flies, like small spinners and cripples, will make life much easier. You can spot the hi-vis fly and if you see a rise within 2 feet of it set the hook. We like to run a 9’ 4X leader to the first fly followed by 18-24” of 5X to the smaller fly.
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5-Day Outlook as of 9/29/23
As water temps drop the fishing on the Blackfoot has been heating up. We have some good streamer weather in the forecast with colder temps, clouds and rain expected. Be sure to bring your rain jacket!
Techniques & Tips as of 9/29/23
There is not much happening for dries on the Blackfoot right now. A few fish have been caught on small chubbies or october caddis patterns, but the subsurface fishing has been most productive. Nymphing San Juans and rubber legs/TJs has been productive. Small tungsten jigs like Frenchies, Duracells, PTs, and Bullets are catching a lot of fish. The streamer fishing has slowly been getting better and it could be on fire this weekend. Sparkle minnows and Precious Metals have been good along with Envys, Dungeons and Lil’ Kims. White has been our top color, but keep olive, yellow and black in the rotation if you’re not getting any follows.
Local Species Available All Year; Tributaries closed December 1-third week of May.
West Slope cutthroats
bulls and white fish.
|Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig||N/A||#14-18|
|Bead Head Prince||N/A||#10-16|
|Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ||N/A||#08-14|
|Quick Sight Foam Ant||N/A||#14-18|
|Jig Sparkle Minnow||N/A||#6|
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig
You'll want this proven jig fly pattern on hand at all times.
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