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:
Last Friday our group of 4 caught over 30 fish on the Upper Blackfoot River. It wasn’t the best day but each of us caught one fish over 20″. My sister-in-law landed a 23 inch Cutthroat. Regretfully we didn’t have a camera at that moment.
The water in the Blackfoot has fallen another 3-4 inches and is flowing significantly lower than usual. Last year’s abundance has not carried over into this year. The water temperature is also increasing. As a result I caught around 10 fish all in the 8-12″ range. The big fish seem to have vacated the river heading back to the deep cool waters of the reservoir. I only saw one bigger fish that rose lazily at a hopper but really made no effort to take the bug.
Regretfully the Blackfoot may have to be scratched for the rest of the summer as high temps and low water are dominating Eastern Idaho. There are still a lot of smaller fish in the system which will provide some entertainment but odds of catching a larger fish diminish each day.
Fly of the day: A blue damsel fly was again the most productive but I also caught some on a bead head prince nymph and a bead head wooly worm (orange and black).
Here are a few pictures of the Blackfoot:
|Blue Damsel Fly Pattern|
The Blackfoot River opened up this week and I was able to go fishing on July 3 and 4. Water levels are about 6-8 inches low from normal flow which means that, if the summer heat continues, it may be a short fishing season on the Blackfoot. Overall fishing was pretty decent. I caught around 30 fish the two days. Most were in the 8-12 inch range but I did land two really nice cutthroats, a 24 inch and 22 inch. Below is the picture of the 24 inch cutthroat.
The flies of the trip were black and red (orange) wooly buggers with a bead head (size 4), a size 14 bead head prince nymph, and a blue damsel fly (size 12/14).
The grasshoppers were just starting to come out. In a few weeks grasshoppers should provide some good dry fly fishing.