Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Blackfoot River Outfitters's Tip of the Week
Day by day, the Clark Fork is starting to drop and come into shape. There are better options to fish this week, but if you find the rivers starting to drop and you’re itching to get out, focus on the upper sections of the watershed. The lower river should be a viable option soon. Tributary creeks opened on 5/21 and can be a great bet for dodging runoff and finding fish in clearer water. Stillwaters are still a good option, too. *Two new trees down between Clinton-Turah that are blocking an entire channel. We do not recommend floating this section until we have more intel.
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Orvis-Endorsed guides nearbyBlue Damsel Lodge
Linehan Outfitting Company
Blackfoot River Outfitters
Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures
5-Day Outlook as of 7/1/22
Thunderstorms in the forecast for Missoula over the holiday weekend so come prepared with rain gear. Warm days and chilly nights should keep the river in good shape over the next week and the fishing should continue to improve.
Techniques & Tips as of 7/1/22
We are seeing quite a few PMDs and small caddis through town over the past week, but nymphing or a big dry-dropper rig will be your best bet until the water clears up more. Bigger/brighter is better when vis gets low. Try Girdle Bugs, TJ Hookers, Double Bead Stones, and San Juans in #6-8. If the water clears up, Lightning Bug, Jig PT, 2-Bit Hooker, Prince Nymph, Duracell, Spanish Bullet or Perdigon in #12-14 should be more productive. Don’t hesitate to throw a Wooly, Sparkle Minnow or other small streamer under your indicator to grab attention. Streamer prospecting can also yield results on the Clark Fork in these conditions. 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.
Local Species Available Year round; some tributaries closed December 1-third week of May. Check regulations before fishing.
browns and white fish
|Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ||N/A||06-10|
|Vernille San Juan Worm||N/A||08-12|
|Larson's Legend Golden Stone Dry||N/A||08-12|
|Jig Sparkle Minnow||N/A||6|
|Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger||N/A||04-10|
|TH 20 Incher||N/A||06-10|
Fly fishing with stoneflies is often extremely productive.
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