Fishing Season: All Year; Tributaries closed December 1-third week of May.

Blackfoot River - MT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

69

Blackfoot River Outfitters's Tip of the Week

***There was a fatal grizzly attack in Ovando three weeks ago. Bears are moving into the river bottoms to get out of the heat so be extra careful*** Rope up! As water temperatures rise be sure to size up your tippet to help quickly and safely land fish. 2X to 3X for larger dries, 4X for smaller dries, and 3X or 4X to the dropper. Don’t forget to bring your stream thermometer!

Directions open in app

Map of Blackfoot River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 7/29/21

The Ovando area has been slightly cooler lately, but we are still seeing highs in the low-90’s. Thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday should bring some much needed rain and colder temperatures. Be aware of fire conditions and restrictions- Missoula and Powell counties have enacted Stage 2 fire restrictions. Be aware of water temperatures. Get on the water early and get off early.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/29/21

If it ain’t broke don't fix it! The dry-dropper is still the most productive rig. Start with a nice floaty foam bug like a Water Walker or Chubby #10-14. For your nymph, try a PMD sized Spanish Bullet, Frenchie, Duracell, Yellow Spot or Tung Jig PMD in #14-18. Keep an eye out for Spruce Moths and Hoppers. We should be seeing both soon. Goings on at World Headquarters in Missoula: Thank you for voting Blackfoot River Outfitters Best Fly Shop in the Missoulians “Best Of” Poll. We sincerely appreciate the support! 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 7/29/21

The Ovando area has been slightly cooler lately, but we are still seeing highs in the low-90’s. Thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday should bring some much needed rain and colder temperatures. Be aware of fire conditions and restrictions- Missoula and Powell counties have enacted Stage 2 fire restrictions. Be aware of water temperatures. Get on the water early and get off early.

Local Species Available All Year; Tributaries closed December 1-third week of May.

  • Fish Icon

    Trout: rainbows

  • Fish Icon

    West Slope cutthroats

  • Fish Icon

    browns

  • Fish Icon

    bulls and white fish.

Blackfoot River Outfitters's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ blk/brn 8-12
Indicator Parachute - PMD N/A 14-16
Tunghead Prince N/A 14-16
Gee's Supafly Stone Dry N/A 06-12
Sparkle minnow Sculpin 4-10
Water walker N/A 06-12
Tunghead Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail N/A
Cone Head Muddler Minnow olive or natural 8-4
Spanish bullet N/A 16-14
guide salvation nymph olive/gold 12-8

Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ

Image Not Found

Blackfoot River Outfitters's Recommended Gear

Description: About Blackfoot River

Bottomless emerald pools, boulder strewn pocket water and diamond chop riffles all shaded by moss covered cliffs and towering ponderosa pines combine to make this the epitome of Montana fly-fishing. Thanks to a diligent concerted effort between neighboring landowners, government agencies, conservation organizations and concerned anglers, restored spawning tributaries are continually enhancing trout populations – especially those native to the river. Combining such exceptional juvenile trout recruitment with restrictive creel limits results in a Blackfoot teeming with fish like biceps. Nymphing here is just plain deadly, especially from a boat. We aren't talking about spending the day untangling two pinhead size flies spun tight with 6X tippet around a stick of soft lead and a Don King indicator – this is no tailwater. 4X is as light as we go with 1X common place and bugs often the size of small rodents. Then imagine the same terminal tackle for dries! No stress, just fun. In spite of its familiarity as the inspiration for the big screen hit, "A River Runs Through It," compared to other world class destinations fishing pressure remains relatively light.

Nearest Airport:

Missoula International Airport (MSO)

Hatches:

Still some Goldens and Sallies, but the Spruce Moths and Hoppers will be the main ticket here soon.

Best Time to Fish:

Mornings when the water is coldest. Our guides are getting off the water by 2:00pm.

Best Stretch:

All along the river

Best Access:

Multilple access points all along river.