fly fishing spring creeks


Fly-Fishing in the Blackfoot River Valley at the Krutar Homestead

The Krutar Homestead is perfectly situated to offer fly-fisherman a rich variety of great angling opportunities. The ranch has two creeks and borders the North Fork of the Big Blackfoot River. It is also located within an easy drive of some of Western Montana’s best-known trout rivers.

Behind the Homestead, Rock Creek winds through pine forest and open meadow before it empties into the North Fork. A freestone stream, Rock Creek, offers resident populations of Brook and Cutthroat Trout and is a great place for children and beginners. Kleinschmidt Creek, the ranch’s other stream, is a true spring creek that offers greater challenges and greater rewards. Narrow and bordered by tall grasses that keep the creek cool, Kleinschmidt Creek holds Brown Trout up to 20" in length. The stream’s trout eagerly take dry flies and terrestrials.

Guests of the Homestead can fly-fish larger waters by simply walking across a field to the North Fork of the Blackfoot. Consisting of many long runs and pools, the North Fork is an easy wading river that holds many Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout in the 12-18" range. The protected Bull Trout can be seen in the deepest pools. Some fishermen have reported seeing Bull Trout in excess of 30".

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Most fly-fishermen come to the Blackfoot Valley to fish the Big Blackfoot River, etched into legend by Norman MacLean’s novel, A River Runs Through It, and made famous by Robert Redford’s 1992 film of the same name. Several public access points to the River are within minutes of the Homestead for fishermen who want to wet-wade. Many who fly-fish the Big Blackfoot hire local guides from Ovando, Missoula or Helena who pilot drift boats for over five miles through some of Montana’s most scenic river landscape and most productive waters.

Other famed western Montana fisheries such as the Missouri, Clark Fork, Dearborn, & Rock Creek are an easy drive from the ranch.