Here is a fly fishing video of my dad hooking into a Cutthroat Trout hybrid on the Upper Blackfoot River. Right after this he had two 20+ inch trout hit both his upper and lower fly at the same time. Luckily one flipped off and he was able to land another 22″ trout. As the video shows, Blackfoot River fly fishing can be awesome for large cutthroat and rainbow trout. We caught 30+ trout fly fishing on bead head woolly worms and the average size was an amazing 18″ with only a few fish caught under 17″.
Fly Fishing on Idaho’s Blackfoot River – Opening Day
Fly fishing on Idaho’s Blackfoot River was excellent on opening day. We didn’t catch a lot of trout (about 10 each) but the overall size of the fish was between 16-20″. My dad landed one 22″ cutthroat and we both lost or lipped at least 3-4 each that were in the 20″ + range. Fishing was the best in the mid morning and gradually declined as the day started to heat up. Most of the fish were caught sub-surface on bead head prince nymphs and smaller sized woolly buggers. Later in the morning I started to catch a few of the larger trout on a blue damsel fly. It was fun to watch the large cutthroats surface to get the damsel fly but I was a little fast on setting the hook a couple of times and missed three large trout.
Here a couple of links to my dad hooking into some nice cutthroats:
Fly Fishing Idaho’s Warm River
I spent this last Saturday fly fishing with my son and dad on Warm River near Ashton, Idaho. We parked at the Bear Gulch parking area and hiked down to the river. It takes about 20 minutes to hike to the river from the parking area.
Warm River is mainly spring fed and isn’t impacted by early season runoff or all of the rain we have been receiving in Eastern Idaho the last few weeks. This makes Warm River an excellent place for early season Idaho fly fishing.
Overall, the fishing was above average for Warm River. I caught 15+ fish – one brown, a few rainbows and a bunch of whitefish. Despite having a few flies on the surface, the fish were taking nymphs fished with a little split shot above the first fly. I caught the majority of the fish on a double renegade/bead head prince nymph combo. My dad had some luck on a smaller adult stone fly pattern fished slightly below the surface.
Here’s a video of my dad catching a cutthroat on the Blackfoot River. Right after I quit filming he landed two Cutthroats n the 20″ range. As usual my timing was imperfect at best. Even with low water the Blackfoot was fishing great and we landed a lot of beautiful Yellowstone Cutts.