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
Find somewhere else to fish. The Clark Fork is running big and off colored.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lower Clark Fork River is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Water flow: Approximately 40,000cfs

Visibility: 6 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F

Water condition: Muddy

Best time of day to fish: late morning throughout the afternoon

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:

baetis, midge

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

By the time the river becomes fish-able again dry fly fishing should be pretty good. That will likely be toward the middle/end of June.

7-Day Forecast

The Clark Fork is officially done for the spring season. Runoff has caused the river to get muddy and rise dramatically. It's going to be a few weeks before it shapes up again.

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