Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Day On The Blackfoot River

There was certainly nothing to complain about (whitefish fest or not) when we followed a day spent rafting the Bitterroot River with the next day rafting the Blackfoot River.  River raft life is the good life. 

Joel Thompson of Montana Troutaholic Outfitters, along with guides Mitchell King and Tony Marino, loaded up our gear and we were on the water by late morning.  The Blackfoot River is without a doubt one of the most beautiful rivers I've ever fished, let alone float miles of.  Canyon walls and old growth forest lined river and made for quite a picturesque day.

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The day was windy and full of sun so hatches and a solid streamer bite were off but we all ended up picking up a few trout (along with a couple whitefish as well) on attractor dry flies and tandem nymph rigs.  I took the backseat of the raft, which I've found I really enjoy, and picked apart deep slots and runs with a mix of buggy nymphs throughout the day.

The Blackfoot River has several short fast rapid sections which were big fun and kept things interesting.  By late afternoon we were off the water and we could feel a weather change coming.  The forecast said that this would be the last seventy degree day of the trip and the dropping temperatures had us believing that we just might see snow the next morning.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Awesome report Cam. Cold and windy here today, but there are clouds today! Hop a flight and we will go rip some lips!