The Big Blackfoot River
Blackfoot River Terrain
The Blackfoot flows through box canyons, forestland, meadows, and boulder-strewn mountains. The shading provided by the Blackfoot’s towering ponderosa pines and moss-covered cliffs combines with its diamond chop riffles, boulder strewn pocket water, and bottomless emerald pools to not only offer all the exquisite scenery you could ever ask for; it also makes the Blackfoot a fly fisher’s paradise.
The fast flowing, clean, cold, deep waters of the Blackfoot make it prime habitat for several varieties of trout. In fact, the Blackfoot runs so clean during the summer months that it is one of the very few rivers in Montana that still have native populations of Bull Trout. Bull Trout are an indicator species, and their presence indicates clean, clear water.
Blackfoot River Fly Fishing
Fishing can be excellent as early as April, and it will usually continue to fish well throughout October. Native Westslope Cutthroat, wild Rainbows, Bull, Brown, and Brook Trout all inhabit the Blackfoot. Restored spawning tributaries of the river continually enhance native trout populations, and dry fly hatches are prolific throughout the summer. The result is that it is not uncommon for anglers to have 30 or more fish rise on the fly during a typical float of the Blackfoot. And it also means the Blackfoot offers anglers the opportunity to catch all five trout species in a single day, not to mention the Whitefish. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
Facts for Fishing the Blackfoot River
Typical catch – Western Montana grand slam possible here; expect Cutties 10″-16″, Rainbows 12″-18″ and Browns 16″-20″+. We hope to see around 20 opportunities per rod/per day.
Total area of drainage – 2,290 square miles.
Travel distances from Missoula – 10 minutes to 1½ hours depending on where you put in.
Primary style of fishing – Early season streamers and nymphs; large attractor dries with bead-head dropper throughout the summer and fall.
Western Montana Area Day Trips
(Including The Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Missouri Rivers)
Full Day Float Trip – $575 (2 anglers)
This is our normal full day on the water. We usually are out 8-10+ hours from when we pick you up at the hotel to when we drop you back off. Includes NA drinks and a full lunch and snacks, all the flies, tippet, etc. that will be needed for the day. A typical day starts with a pick up time of 8:30 AM, and a drop off at 5-6 pm. Sometimes we will shift those times earlier or later as fishing conditions dictate.
Rock Creek –
Full day float trip – $600 (2 anglers)
Wade Trips – $450 (1-3 anglers)
Clark Fork River Lodge
CLARK FORK RIVER LODGE AND ALL FULL-SERVICE, ALL-INCLUSIVE CABIN PACKAGES:
(Missouri River / Blackfoot / Rock Creek)
# of Days # of Nights Price
1 2 $850
2 3 $1,400
3 4 $1,950
4 5 $2,500
5 6 $3,050
6 7 $3,600
Prices based on double occupancy rates. Single occupancy $125.00 surcharge rate.