2110cfs (average for this time of year)
Water temperature at mid-day
Water temps are cooling down and the fishing should continue to improve. The Clark Fork is currently running clear.
Best time of day to fish
Late morning through evening.
Good floats are available above and below Missoula. Wading access is difficult, try Kelly Island. Avoid Clinton-Turah if floating.
Best access point
Multiple access points all along the river.
Rainbows, westslope cutthroats, cut-bows, browns, pike and whitefish.
Fishing season is open year round.
MSO (Missoula International Airport)
Recommended fly fishing leader
From a boat - 7.5' 3x-4x. Wading step it up to 9'
Recommended fly fishing tippet
3X, 4X and 5X will cover 90% of our fishing applications. 1-2X is great for punching out large, wind resistant dries in high dirty water. Don't drop lower than 10lb for streamers (we recommend a 4-5' 10lb tapered leader with a sink tip fly line). Leave the 6X at home.
Best fly fishing rod
The 9' 5WT is our do it all rod. Fast action rods will be best for most of our fishing; foam dries, dry-dropper fishing and nymphing. A fast action 6WT will be useful for large foam dries, small streamers, heavy nymph rigs and punching bugs through the afternoon wind. Bring a 7WT if you plan to fish large articulated streamers.
Best floating fly line
Scientific Anglers MPX or Rio Gold
Best sinking fly line
Scientific Anglers Trout Express or Rio Predator F/I/S3