Fishing Outlook & Conditions
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!
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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 7/29/21The 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.
West Slope cutthroats
bulls and white fish.
|Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ||blk/brn||8-12|
|Indicator Parachute - PMD||N/A||14-16|
|Gee's Supafly Stone Dry||N/A||06-12|
|Tunghead Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail||N/A|
|Cone Head Muddler Minnow||olive or natural||8-4|
|guide salvation nymph||olive/gold||12-8|
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