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Clark Fork River

Updated 06/25/2019 at 2:17am

Conditions At-a-glance


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.


We’ve had some reports that the lower is fishing pretty well. We don’t have any news on the upper as of yet but we should have some boats up there soon and we will be able to provide more info soon.

That said, all feeder creeks are open and fishable. In addition to creeks, there are plenty of stillwater options.

7 DAY OUTLOOK – High’s in the 70’s with a chance of thunderstorms all week. The winds look to settle down as the week goes on.

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.


Still big, dropping, and clearing slowly

The Hatch

Salmon flies, golden stones, BWOs, Mother's Day Caddis, Drakes, Sallys.

Fly Patterns

DRIES - Salmon flies, #10-8, parachute haze in purple and brown #14-16, chubby #8 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.


Water Flow

1970 cfs at Turah with 9870 cfs below Missoula at Regis

Link to Water Flow Graph


about a 4'

Water temperature at mid-day


Water Condition

Still big, dropping, and clearing slowly

Best time of day to fish

For small creeks and stillwater... all day!

Best stretch

Below the Bitterroot should provide better clarity.

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.