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Fly Fishing Gear and Trout Flies for the Blackfoot River, Montana
The best all around fly line for the Blackfoot River would probably be a 5 weight, floating line.
There are those who may enjoy using a 4 weight floating line for small dry flies, but we couldn't
recommend it. For nymphs and streamers, a 6 weight, floating fly line would be better than the
5 weight. You may also want to use a sinking tip line in the 6 weight for the streamers.
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes. The four, five and six weight
rods should be ideal at a length of nine feet. We think a medium to medium fast action would
The reels for the 4. 5 and 6 weight lines should both have good drags. The drags should be
smooth and adjust to fine increments.
You should be using at least a seven foot leader anywhere on the river. A 9 foot length would
probably be the best all around length. The only exception would be when you are fishing
streamers. There could be circumstances where you may want to use a 12 foot leader. If you
fish streamers, you may want a short leader. Make sure you have leaders in sizes ranging
from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for midges and other small flies.
You should also have plenty of extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.
Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the Blackfoot River. We prefer the
breathable type but you may need neoprene waders if you are fishing during the winter.
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well. They have at other
similar waters where we've tried them.
The use of a wading staff would be an optional accessory.
A landing net is optional for the Blackfoot River, however, we would certainly recommend one.
As always, we recommend our "Perfect Fly" trout flies. We have specific imitations of every
important insect that exist on the Blackfoot River. Our stonefly nymphs are not only the most
realistic ones you can buy, they are also the most effective ones. If you haven't already done
so, we hope you will give our Perfect Flies a try. Will feel sure that you will be glad you did.
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