Blackfoot River Fishing Report by Grizzly Hackle 7.17.17
By angelamontana

Posted: July 19, 2017

Grizzly Hackle gives the Blackfoot River a 4/5 for fishing as of July 17th.  We know there are a lot of people floating the river, but here’s what’s happening with the fish.  Check out this report before grabbing your fly rod:

Spruce Moth’s are here!  We’ve seen quite a few out there.  Fill your box with them and you’ll be rewarded.  They should last the next few weeks and will be the best “dog days of summer” hatch that get the fishing going crazy for them.  Andy’s Ponderosa Pine, Parachute Moth, Stephan’s Moth are flies you need to have.  The first week of the hatch the fish are willing to eat most moth flies, but after that they get picky.  These flies will get fish at any time during the hatch.  Attractor dry flies with a dropper is another good way to get into fish if you don’t see Spruce Moth’s.  Hippie Stompers, Water Walkers, Chubby’s, Tarantulas with a PT, Reckoner, San Juan, 20 Incher, Prince or Rubberlegs off the back.

They recommend using the following flies if you’re fishing the Blackfoot:

  • X-Caddis
  • Parachute Adams (Calf-Tail)
  • Elk Hair Caddis
  • Carlson’s Purple Haze

For up-to-the-minute fishing reports, contact Grizzly Hackle at

Grizzly Hackle
215 West Front Street
Missoula, MT 59802
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