Clark Fork River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Clark Fork River, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The lower river is in good summer shape and fishing well. The small mayfly game has been awesome but they have been picky at times. We haven't noticed that the pound test impacts their willingness to eat, we are still throwing 4x with our #18s but that may soon change as they see smaller bugs coming into trico season. Just be careful in the braids between Clinton and Sha-ron as things have changed from last years high water. When in doubt, scout it out.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Clark Fork River is currently Good

Water flow: 1330 cfs at Turah - 5460 cfs near St Regis

Visibility: 54 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: Stillwater and small creeks... all day!

Best stretch: Feeder creeks and stillwater bodies.

Best access point: multiple access points all along the river

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Still some bigger stones, PMDs, BWOs, Mother's Day Caddis, Drakes, Sallys.

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

If you are trying the Clark Fork, look for walking pace water with a depth of 3'-6'. Try soft insides and look for good structure. Fish are looking up for small mayflies in the slicks and heavier current lines.

7-Day Forecast

Sunny with highs in the 70's-80's into next week. The water temps right now are wonderful but that may chance in the days to come...

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