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
Look for fish in riffles and faster water. Lengthen leaders and be sure to get a good, drag free drift
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Lower Clark Fork River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: Approximately 4000 cfs

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 57 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

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:

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

Dry/dropper is best bet for the most part if you're rolling along in the boat. Look for baetis and then switch to single dry fly with a longer leader.

7-Day Forecast

Conditions are still good. Expect typical fall weather with chilly mornings and warmer afternoons. Partly sunny days seems to be the pattern for now chance of showers later in the week.

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