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Clark Fork River

Updated 12/03/2019 at 5:36pm

Conditions At-a-glance

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Weather Forecast

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES – If you are trying the Clark Fork, look for walking pace water with a depth of 3′-6′. Try soft insides and look for good structure.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK

Break out your best nymph rig. San Juans, Girdle Bugs or Copper Johns will get you in fish.

7 DAY OUTLOOK

The Clark Fork is in good shape for the fall.

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

In good fall shape

The Hatch

Midges

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Griffith's Gnat #18-22 NYMPHS - Stone flies aka pats, #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

2530 cfs below Missoula

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

about a 5'

Water temperature at mid-day

34 degrees

Water Condition

In good fall shape

Best time of day to fish

Afternoons

Best stretch

The whole system

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.