blackfoot river

Step Into the Iconic Waters of
Montana's Most Scenic Trout River

Stepinto the legendary waters of the Blackfoot River, immortalized by "A River Runs Through It," and discover why it's not just the breathtaking scenery that attracts anglers from around the world. Our outfitter partner is proud to guide you through some of the most productive and beautiful trout fishing areas in Montana. Whether you're here for the cinematic landscapes or the thrill of the catch, the Blackfoot River promises an extraordinary fly fishing adventure.

The Blackfoot River Environment

Flowing freely through stunning limestone cliffs, towering boulders, and deep emerald pools, the Blackfoot River offers a dramatic backdrop for a day of fly fishing. This river is not only one of the most picturesque in the country but also one of the most diverse and productive trout habitats in Montana. Its pristine waters are a haven for big, native, and wild trout, making it a top destination
for serious fly fishers.

Fish Species and Optimal Fishing Seasons

Anglers on the Blackfoot River are treated to some of the best trout fishing opportunities in the region, targeting giant browns, vibrant rainbows, and aggressive cutthroats. The river is renowned for its incredible fly fishing during the months of June, July, and August when the Salmonfly and Golden Stonefly hatches occur. These months feature some of the most exciting surface action of the year, as large trout aggressively feed on these substantial insects. Additionally, the Blackfoot is an exceptional river for streamer
fishing, especially in the fall, when trout are actively bulking up for winter.

Unique Challenges and Expert Fishing Tips

The Blackfoot River's varied landscape, with its deep pools and fast-moving sections, requires a strategic approach to fly fishing. During the peak dry fly months, using large, buoyant flies that mimic the native stoneflies can lead to spectacular catches. In the fall, streamer fishing becomes a dominant technique, ideal for targeting the river’s larger trout, which can exceed 30 inches.

Recommended Techniques and Gear

For successful outings on the Blackfoot, a versatile setup is crucial. We recommend a 9-foot, 6-weight fly rod to handle the bigger flies and fight the larger fish typical of this river. A selection of high-floating dry flies and durable streamers should be included in every angler’s kit. Wearing sturdy waders and bringing along polarized sunglasses will help you navigate the river’s terrain and spot fish more effectively.

The Bottom Line

Fly fishing on the Blackfoot River is an experience that transcends the ordinary, combining world-class trout fishing with scenery that has captivated anglers and nature lovers alike. Book your adventure today during the "best dry fly months" or for a fall streamer session to discover why the Blackfoot remains a legendary destination in the fly fishing world. Join us on these historic waters and chase the trophy trout of your dreams amidst Montana's most iconic landscapes.


Guided Fishing Float

Full Day 6+ hours
with Lunch-$775

Partial Day





-Transportation to
and from meeting destination


-Expert guide