Clark Fork River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Clark Fork River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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There is some fishing to be had above Missoula but the sections are filled with debris and Turah down is impassable. We have heard of some boats in below Missoula but reports are just okay with the water temps going up.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Clark Fork River is currently Just OK

Water flow: 1,240 cfs at Turah - 3,180 cfs below Missoula

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 70 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: early morning

Best stretch: The upper, near Warm Springs, is an option. We wouldn't recommend anyone fishing or floating from Rock Creek to Sharon. There is still too much debris and flow, making the upper dangerous... it's not worth it. We have heard of the lower fishing ok but the temps are getting up there.

Best access point: multiple access points all along the river

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Stone flies, tricos, spruce moths, sallys, drakes, and caddis

Fish species: Rainbows, cutthroats, cutbows, browns and white fish

Fishing season: year round

Nearest airport: Missoula

Clark Fork River Description

This major fork of the Columbia River, named after Captain William Clark of the Corps of Discovery, is the mother of all our local rivers. In proving her maternal resolve, the Clark Fork today flows clean and vibrant despite the decades of mining abuses imposed upon her by a less than conservation-minded state. Often described locally as two distinct rivers, the Clark Fork provides decidedly different characteristics ...

Techniques & Tips

Dry droppers have been working well. We don't recommend any fishing from the mouth of Rock Creek down to Sharon. There was a fatality in Clinton to Turah about a month ago and the water is still too high to be safe with the amount of new debris. The lower CF, below Missoula, is fishing just okay and we do know that Kelly to Harpers is clear of debris.

7-Day Forecast

We know that Sharon-Osprey and Kelly to Harper's are both clear. The water above Missoula is impassable in most stretches. If you do get out, go early!  The water temps are on their way up.  Fish may need more TLC when releasing, let's be good to them! PLEASE BE CAREFUL. Call or email us for up to the minute updates at 406.542.7411 or if you are in the area stop in our fly shop and say hi at 3055 North Reserve Street in Missoula for all your Orvis gear and the right bugs.

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