BRO’s Tips of the Week:
Dries and streamers will be your best options for targeting big fish on the Clark Fork as we enter the heart of fall fishing. With picky fish hunting in clear water, sizing down your tippet and committing to either single dry, an aggressive double nymph rig, or a fall streamer will be preferable to dry-dropper. An occasional twitch on the dry fly will often entice those bigger fish to strike.
7 Day Outlook:
Rain heading into the weekend will give rivers a nice bump before clear, cool weather returns next week. With highs in the 70s, we should see some great dry fly fishing by the afternoons, and there’s no rush to start your day early in the morning when the water is still cold.
Our Recommendations for the Best Techniques and Patterns:
PMDs, Tricos, and Mahogany mayfly patterns are still working on the Clark Fork, with spinner and cripple patterns seeing some great action. Booty’s DL Cripple, the Zelon Cripple, a Brindle Chute, Sparkle Dun, and Hecuba will all get it done. For tricos, size down your tippet and throw the Polywing, Indicator Spinner, and CDC Spinner trico in #20-22.
Nymphing can produce when fish are holding deeper on warm, bright days. The Frenchie, Mic Drop Olive, Girdle/Zirdle Bugs, TJ Hookers, Double Bead Stones, and San Juans in #6-8 all make good offerings on the Clark Fork, and Lightning Bugs, Jig PT, 2-Bit Hooker, Prince Nymph, Duracell, Spanish Bullet or Perdigon nymphs in #12-14 should be productive as well.
Fall is one of the best streamer times of the year. Throw Gongas, Sparkle Minnows, Kreelexes, Mini Dungeons, and Thin Mints/Buggers in deeper, cold currents to get them down to fish.
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