Bucket List: #20 The Upper Blackfoot River

Fly Fishing Idaho


Lately I’ve been contemplating my ‘Bucket List’ of fly fishing destinations.  That ‘Bucket List’ would be places around the globe that the avid fly fishermen needs to fish before he/she dies.

Now, I’m not a world traveler so my actual experience is minimal, but I have a great imagination and I love thinking about those fly fishing dream destinations. :)

This list won’t be in any particular order.  Most likely it will be some formation of what I think would be cool ‘Bucket List’ places to fly fish.  But, for now I’ll start with one place I know fairly well.

Upper Blackfoot River – Idaho

Now, when most people think about fly fishing the Blackfoot River, they think of Brad Pitt and the Blackfoot in Montana.  Although that is a world class fly fishery, the Upper Blackfoot in Idaho is a hidden gem for sure.

When I think of the perfect fly fishing setting, I think of being the only person on the river, a quiet meandering body of water cascading through a pastoral setting and at times, through canyon walls.  I also envision catching trout on a dry fly or if I prefer, strip wet flies. That is a spot-on description of the Upper Blackfoot River.

The Blackfoot river is about 30 miles northeast of Soda Springs Idaho and is formed by the convergence of Lanes Creek and Diamond Creek.  The River then flows and eventually dumps into the Blackfoot Reservoir and eventually meets up with the Snake River south of Blackfoot, Idaho.  It is full of beautiful, energetic cutthroat trout.

All in all, Fly Fishing Idaho‘s Blackfoot River can offer some of the best “Cutt” fishing a river could offer. However, technique, strategy, proper gear, and fall weather will be key to enjoying this fine river’s Cutthroat Trout.




3 Responses to “Bucket List: #20 The Upper Blackfoot River”

  1. Rich Says:

    I was just there a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, the water was really low and warm. We had been there the year before and had pretty good fishing (with the bigger fish getting free). It’s a neat place with little pressure. We fished there last year after stumbling upon your blog (thanks for the good info on the river). Unfortunately, this probably isn’t the year for it (unless you want to fish for suckers). Maybe next year. Driving from Oregon it makes a nice stop on the way to fish other rivers. It’s certainly worth the stop.


    Mark Reply:

    The low water levels this year are disappointing.


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