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Clark Fork River

Updated 04/28/2020 at 5:04pm

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.


Look for places on the upper river to fish.


With nights over 32 deg we’re seeing elevated river levels and reduced clarity.

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.


High and stained

The Hatch

Midges, march browns, bwo's, skwalas

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.


Water Flow

11200 cfs below Missoula

Link to Water Flow Graph


about 15"

Water temperature at mid-day

50 deg

Water Condition

High and stained

Best time of day to fish


Best stretch

Any access along the river

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.