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
This time of year fish will be moving into off current areas, eddies, and deeper runs. Get nymphs and streamers down and fish them slowly.
Fishing Conditions

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

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Linehan Outfitting Company

Water flow: Approximately 4000 cfs

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 48 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

Winter conditions are upon us. For the most part nymphing and streamers will be the way to go until early spring.

7-Day Forecast

A cold front has entered the area and daytime temps will hover in the teens and low twenties. It's not exactly a user friendly environment out there at the moment and it's probably best to stay at the vice and tie rather than try to fish for a while.

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