The Blackfoot River originates on the Continental Divide, flows west picking up water from spring creeks and snow melt. The Blackfoot river eventually gives it waters to the Clark Fork River System east of Missoula. The Blackfoot River is fabeled water of Montana and probably the most famous piece of water in the world. If you are in Montana you owe it to yourself to fly fish the Blackfoot River. Brad Pit did….. In the movie A River Runs Through It. We typically start fly fishing the Blackfoot river in the Spring and as early as the last week of June. A full day guided fishing trip on the Blackfoot River is the best way to enjoy this river. All trips included fly rods, flies for the day and a great river side lunch. The only thing you will need to bring is weather appropriate clothing and a Montana Fishing License, which you can purchase at the shop or online. Full day trips are $550 and we’ll be fishing approximately 7-8 hours.
Fly fishing the Blackfoot River can start as early as April but most years the season gets going about the 3rd week of June. Massive Salmonfly hatches get the biggest fish of the year looking up for a big easy meal. After the Salmonfly event slows Golden Stones, Green Drakes and Caddis take over. Fly Fishing the Blackfoot River can be fast paced this time of year. Putting you fly behind boulders, hitting seems between boulders and drifts down the secondary shelf off the bank. This type of dry fly fishing is very fun. If the fish are not looking up for dry flies then streamers will get them to eat!
Floats on the Blackfoot River range from long stretches of oxbow after oxbow, undercut banks and riffles into pools. The lower you get in the system the river forms more canyons and whitewater. You can find just about every imaginable type of water in the Blackfoot River. The Blackfoot River should be on everyones “Must Fish” list!