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 since they're definitely in summer runs at this point. Hit the water very early in the morning and expect good dry fly action until about 11:00. Then be ready for dropper hits to make the day.
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:

golden stones, pmds, caddis

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.

7-Day Forecast

Conditions are still good. Cool nights are helping to keep water temps down and the river is generally fishing pretty well for this time of year. It's hot again. Expect sunshine and daytime temps in the high 90s through mid week and then a bit cooler with temps in the 80s by the weekend.

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