Spring Fishing the Blackfoot
Weekend of March 12+13th, 2011
Today myself, Travis and Ian headed up to the Blackfoot for some early season fishing. Our first stop was Johnsrud and after parking we heard a beautiful sound. The sound of my tire loosing air. Wow my luck with automobiles in the last year is stunning. We said screw it and we headed out to fish. Immediately Travis had one on.
Later I ventured a couple bends up and caught a spunky bow in some riffles. This area of the river was pretty choked full of ice and climbing out of the river required about a 10 foot ice climb.
After throwing on the donkey donut and a quick bite we headed on upstream and got the rods out again.
Soon Travis had a “just a lil guy” on. Caught on a san juan worm.
After some missed hits we loaded up the break-down king and drove back downstream. This was a new stretch of the river for us this year and we’ve been pretty successful here when the water was clear and this weekend it was. We pulled a good number of fish out of here over the weekend with basic stonefly and san juan nymph rigs.
The next day I headed back up for a couple hours by myself and strictly threw streamers. This was my largest of the day, and also the first, caught on a brown wolly bugger.
So far the spring fishing has been awesome. This warm weather and the heavy snowfall in the mountains surrounding the Blackfoot is bringing the river up and blowing the water out some so look for us to be heading up to Rock Creek soon.