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Clark Fork River

Updated 09/14/2020 at 8:04pm

Conditions At-a-glance


Weather Forecast

Our Report

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Nice stable weather coming up so the fishing should stay consistent.


  1. Fish are more site-specific on the Clark Fork- particularly the lower. If you are not getting them- move on. If you get into to ’em- stick around
  2. Keep those droppers DEEP. We added some depth recently and it changed the game


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Dropping and clearing

The Hatch

Hoppers and other terrestrials

Fly Patterns

NYMPHS - Spanish bullet #14-16, yellow spot p-tail jig #14-16, DRIES - More-or-Less Hopper #10-12, Donkey Kong #10-12, Gold Chubby #8-12 depending on dropper weight STREAMERS - Sparkle Minnow #6 in Olive; Zonkers #6, 8 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow; Kreelex Fly #6 in Copper/Gold, Gold/Silver, or Purple/Silver. Don't forget a few big pike flies and metal leader.


Water Flow

2110 below missoula

Link to Water Flow Graph



Water temperature at mid-day


Water Condition

low and clear

Best time of day to fish

all day

Best stretch

Below confluence with Bitterroot until upper comes into shape.

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.