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Fly Fishing Blackfoot River, Montana
The Blackfoot River wasn't one of the many Montana
streams you would hear anglers praising until the movie
"A River Runs Through It" came out in 1992. Since then,
the river has gained national recognition as a quality
This river has a variety of species including rainbow,
brook and brown trout. It also has one of the largest
populations of bull trout there is in the United States.
West Slope Cutthroat trout are also present in many
areas of the river.
Throughout its length of over 120 miles, your will find the
best fishing is in the Blackfoot River Recreational
Corridor. It also provides several excellent campsites.
This section is roughly thirty miles long, so there's plenty
of good water to fish. The single biggest disadvantage is
that during the summer, there are many recreational
floaters that use the water.
This also happens be the best section of the river to fish
from a drift boat. Although much of the slower water
upstream of the Corridor can be floated using small
personal pontoon type boats, most of the river inside the
Corridor area would probably require larger boats.
There are several access points along the river inside
the Corridor as well as in the last section of the river
above Bonner Dam. That means there are several
options when it comes to floating this section the river.
The Blackfoot River Recreational Area isn't the only
section that provides quality trout fishing. You will find
other sections outlined in our Stream Guide.
You can fish the Blackfoot River throughout the year.
Springtime can be one of the best times for fly fishing
The spring runoff occurs in June, but as soon as it has
ended, the fishing becomes excellent.
The water can become low and slow the early fall
season, but other than that, fishing is normally very
Winter fishing can be rough, but it can also be
productive, especially on nice warm days.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Blackfoot River
How you fish the Blackfoot depends on two big things -
when and where you fish it. (Click Here To Continue)
Blackfoot River, Montana
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