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Clark Fork River

Updated 06/18/2018 at 8:51pm

Conditions At-a-glance

poor

Weather Forecast

Today
75° / 45°
Thu
71° / 52°
Fri
76° / 58°
Sat
66° / 51°
Sun
78° / 52°
Mon
81° / 52°

Our Report

To be honest… it will be a while until the system is fishing again. It’s been a crazy spring and we still have a lot of water coming down the Clark Fork.
The upper, upper (near Garrison) may start to clear soon and become fishable.

**PSA**
There was a fatal in Clinton to Turah this past week due to a logjam.  We send our condolences to the family, we are so sorry for your loss.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing way up at Warm Springs is a possibility and potentially fishing a small mayfly dry above the spillway along the freeway.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – If you do make the trek to the upper river, remember to fish small nymphs as if you were fishing a tailwater (which is essentially what you are doing). Lighter tippets in spite of the water clarity.
And be careful!!!!!!

7 DAY OUTLOOK – With the recent rains and all the feeders to the Clark Fork cycling dirty again, it’ll be a while for the C.F., have patience… summer is upon us!

Call or email us for up to the minute updates at 406.542.7411 or if you are in the area stop in our fly shop and say hi at 3055 North Reserve Street in Missoula for all your Orvis gear and the right bugs.

Conditions

Still high and not the best for fishing. Give it more time!

The Hatch

Stones, mayflies, and caddis once the water recedes.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Stones, mayflies, and caddis are coming! NYMPHS - Red beadhead power worm#10, prince #12, phez tails #16, tungsten salvation nymph #14. STREAMERS - olive or natural zonker type pattern #6, sparkle minnow #6, olive or black bead head buggers #8 Don't forget a few big pike flies and metal leader.

Specifics

Water Flow

6,030 cfs at Turah with 21,100 cfs below Missoula

Link to Water Flow Graph

http://on.doi.gov/1mGllO7

Visibility

less than a foot

Water temperature at mid-day

50's

Water Condition

Muddy and very turbid... lots of debris washing down.

Best time of day to fish

Once flows stabilize or it clear... mid-day and on.

Best stretch

The higher up in the system the better! We recommend up near Warm Spring.

Best access point

multiple access points all along the river

Fish species

Rainbows, cut throats, cut-bows, browns, and white fish.

Fishing season

Fishing season is open year round, while the winter is catch and release for trout.

Nearest airport

Missoula International Airport

Recommended fly fishing leader

9' 3x

Recommended fly fishing tippet

2x to the first bug 3x to the second unless going small then drop down one size.