Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Blackfoot River Outfitters's Tip of the Week
Big chunks of ice are drifting down the Clark Fork right now, and parts of the river will freeze over as we get into single digits this week. You might nymph up a fish or two, but it’s probably a better move to tie flies for warmer days right now.
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5-Day Outlook as of 11/17/22
Single digit winter is here! Highs in the 20s this week and lows of almost 0 degrees will make the fishing tough. Think about tying some flies this week until days warm into the 40s around Thanksgiving.
Techniques & Tips as of 11/17/22
If you’re particularly dedicated, nymphing is the way to go at the moment. Try a TJ Hooker, Hot Bead San Juan, Rubber Legs, or Wooly Bugger with a smaller option like a Jig PT or Zebra Midge to increase your odds. Spanish Bullets, Frenchies, Prince Nymphs, Duracells, Two-Bit Hookers, Dunnigan’s Panty Dropper, Fire Starters, and Perdigons will also hunt. For streamers, a darker pattern in the Gonga, Dungeon, Bugger, or Peanut Envy can get the job done. The new Online Store is live! Check it out! Call us for up to the minute updates at 406.542.7411 or if you are in the area stop in for all your Orvis gear and the right bugs.
Local Species Available Year round; some tributaries closed December 1-third week of May. Check regulations before fishing.
browns and white fish
|Blue Wing Olive Parachute||N/A||16-20|
|Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ||N/A||06-10|
|Vernille San Juan Worm||N/A||10-14|
|Jig Sparkle Minnow||N/A||6|
|Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger||N/A||04-10|
|Bead Head Brassie||N/A||16-20|
Blue Wing Olive Parachute
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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