The Blackfoot River

One of our favorite rivers for it's remote feel, amazing scenery, strong big bug hatches and rural heritage, the Big Blackfoot River is a classic that should be on the bucket list of every serious angler. The river that Norman McLean made famous tumbles off the Continental Divide and runs westward down the Blackfoot Valley through towns like Lincoln, Ovando and Potomac before emptying into the Clark Fork near Missoula, Montana.

The Blackfoot River and it's tributaries are home to a great population of native westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout as well as brown and rainbow trout. As a general rule of thumb the Blackfoot River is a big, bushy dryfly fishery and the trout there will swim to the surface to gulp down a good looking stonefly, grasshopper or yellow-bellied mattress thrasher.

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