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Clark Fork River

Updated 04/17/2019 at 8:32pm

Conditions At-a-glance

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Weather Forecast

Our Report

BEST TECHNIQUES – If you are looking to get a few on top but they are being tricky drop a zebra midge below your dry only about 5 inches.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – The Clark Fork is behind schedule being higher than usual for this time of the year however if things around it continue to drop, it should come back into shape quickly. Skwalas are found throughout the systems with some of the better fishing up high. We do know of some obstructions above Missoula, be sure to call us before you go if you are unsure.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – Things are heating up. We’re going to be in the high 50’s this week!  We should continue to drop into better shape.

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

coming down after a big bump, still higher than normal

The Hatch

Skwalas, numoras, midges

Fly Patterns

DRIES - skwalas and midges 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

2920 cfs at Turah with 11300 cfs below Missoula

Link to Water Flow Graph

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

Visibility

Average 2ft

Water temperature at mid-day

50

Water Condition

off color

Best time of day to fish

Afternoon

Best stretch

Below Missoula has been our primary target

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.