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
The Clark Fork is still big but starting to come down and visibility and clarity are improving. Things should start to shape up this week.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lower Clark Fork River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: Approximately 18,000cfs

Visibility: 12 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: early morning into mid-afternoon and again in the evening

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:

March browns, caddis, golden stoneflies

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.

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

Nymphing or Dry/dropper rigs will carry you throughout the day. Big dries like chubbies and with a pheasant tail should find fish.

7-Day Forecast

Expect another nice week of partly sunny skies with chance of showers and t-storms in the afternoons

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