Early season water flow on the Upper Blackfoot River in Idaho is exceeding expectations after recent spring snow storms. The Blackfoot River is currently flowing at 677 cfs which is approximately 400 cfs above the average (and within. This is great news for fly fishing as the Blackfoot River has had low water the last couple of years. High runoff tends to flush out all of the sediment and other obstructions in the river making July and August fly fishing spectacular. Hopefully the high water will continue over the next month or so before tapering off to around 250 cfs by July 1. To check on the Upper Blackfoot River water flow visit http://waterdata.usgs.gov/id/nwis/uv/?site_no=13063000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060,00010.
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:
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.
Blackfoot River Fishing Report:
To celebrate my Father’s birthday, we went fishing on the Blackfoot River on Saturday. We caught probably 40+ fish between the two of us in about 5 hours. My dad hooked into two really nice 20+ inch cutthroats but lost them before I could get my act together and net them. He did land a couple in the 20″ range and caught quite a few 6-12″ cutthroats.
I landed one beautiful Yellowstone cutthroat – a 24″er on a grasshopper fly that I skittered (my word for moving the fly across the surface of the water at the end of a run) across the water. He came up and drilled it on the surface. It was awesome to watch him come up and bust the grasshopper.
No one fly was hotter than the other. We caught fish on bead head prince and hare’s ear nymphs, various grasshopper patterns, and on a blue damsel fly.
Another awesome fishing day on the Blackfoot River.