Lower Clark Fork River - Below Alberton Gorge, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Tim Linehan
Fly Fishing Map of Lower Clark Fork River, MT
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Lower Clark Fork River - Below Alberton Gorge, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Cover water and look for fish in deeper runs, pools, and softer currents. Water temps are still chilly and fish are still not feeding aggressively.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lower Clark Fork River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: Approximately 7400 cfs

Visibility: 44 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 Degrees F

Water condition: Moderately Turbid

Best time of day to fish: 10 am until dark

Best stretch: Conditions are about the same on all stretches but lower river might offer better fishing since there are more riffles and faster water.

Best access point: All access points are open.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:


Fish species: rainbow, westslope cutthroat, brown, mountain whitefish, pike minnow

Fishing season: March-November

Nearest airport: Six of one/half dozen of the other...Spokane, Washington the west or Missoula, Montana to the east.

Person Fishing in a stream

Lower Clark Fork River Description

The Lower Clark Fork River is approximately fifty miles west of Missoula and below the Alberton Gorge. This section of the Clark Fork looks and smells a bit different from the river that runs through Missoula. Above the town of St. Regis the river is broad and runs with very little gradient making for some of the best dry fly water in the state. Below St. Regis the gradient increases as the river runs north ...

Techniques & Tips

It's still a bit early for full on skwala hatch but any day that will change. For now nymphing is best bet. When you hit skinny water dry dropper rigs will carry you throughout the day.

7-Day Forecast

Unfortunately the Clark Fork is rising fast due to warm days and low elevation snow in the Bitterroots and around Missoula. For now, it's not very fishable. It may start dropping once low elevation snow is gone but hard to say. Stay tuned.

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