Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report 6-21-2015

Flows At St Regis: 6180cfs

Water Temperatures:  62-64 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  nymphing is solid throughout the day and dry fly action is best in the afternoons and evenings

Hatches: caddis, pmds, golden stoneflies

Patterns:  bh pheasant tail, bh prince, bh golden stone, pat’s rubber legged, bh hare’s ear, ascending caddis, crystal caddis, stimulator, tan chubby, royal wulff, Bloom’s caddis, supa pupa, golden Hellboy, parachute pmd, parachute Adams, parachute purple haze, yellow haze, Rosenbauer’s rabbits foot pmd emerger

Its’ game on down here on the lower Clark Fork.  Fish are looking up, caddis and pmds are on the way, and golden stones are batting around as well.  The river is in great condition and fishing well.

Nymphing has been solid in the mornings and actually throughout the day in fast, deep water.  Big stonefly patterns with worm or prince nymph droppers will move fish consistently.

Dry fly action is pretty steady.  Golden stones, caddis, and pmds are all popping and fish are looking up in earnest.  Big dries with #16 pmd nymph or caddis droppers are working well all day.  Caddis activity has been solid in the late evenings as soon as the sun of off the water.

Look for great conditions to continue throughout the week with increased dry fly opportunities.  Expect stable weather, warm daytime temps in the high 80’s by midweek and light winds.  This Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company.  We’ve got the guides and the knowledge you’re looking for and look forward to hearing from you.  800-596-0034.

LOC guests Tom and Sue U. with pair of perfect Clark Fork rainbows!
LOC guests Tom and Sue U. with pair of perfect Clark Fork rainbows!

LOWER FORK FORK RIVER MONTANA FISHING REPORT 5-29-2015

FLOWS: 15,000cfs
WATER TEMPERATURES: approximately 50 degrees
BEST TIME OF DAY: nymphing is good throughout the day and dry fly action is best in afternoons and evenings.
HATCHES: Baetis, caddis
PATTERNS: pats rubber legged stonefly, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, bh lightening bug, chubby, parachute Adams, stimulator, Bloom’s caddis, x-caddis, midnight bomber, purple haze

The lower Clark Fork River is carrying a bit of color and flows are hovering around 15,000cfs. Conditions are decent and water visibility is about 24 inches. Fish are eating especially if caddis start to pop in the afternoons. Meantime, nymphing has been moving fish and dry/dropper rigs with a big bug and size 14 bh prince are a good bet for rolling along down the banks in the boat.

Expect warmer, dryer days thought the week and for flows to start falling very soon as well. Caddis should pop and conditions should start improving quickly in the near future. Solid fishing with good dry caddis action is right around the corner. And don’t forget so are golden stones!

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Lower Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report 5-24-2015

Flows:  Present flows at St. Regis, Montana are approximately 15,000cfs

Water Temperature:  approximately 48 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  12:00 pm -8:00 pm

Hatches:  caddis, baetis

Patterns:  bh pheasant tail, bh hare’s ear, bh prince, Bloom’s caddis, headlight caddis, elk hair caddis, caddis pupa, wire worm, purple chubby, tan chubby, royal wulff, parachute Adams

The lower Clark Fork is presently carrying a bit of color and running about 15,000cfs but is still fish-able.  This is likely the peak of runoff…which isn’t saying much this year.  For now conditions are fair but nymphing has been good throughout the day and even dry/dropper rigs are moving fish in the afternoons.  Caddis hatches have started and fish will get on them in softer water and tight to the banks.

Above St. Regis the river is more suited for dry/dropper rigs at the moment.  Below St. Regis nymphing has been good.  Look for conditions to start improving in the next week or so as flows decrease and caddis increase.  Conditions are moving along much faster than normal this year due to low snowpack.  This means by mid-June or even a bit earlier the river will be in fantastic shape unless we start to get heavy rain.

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Two fisted on the Clark Fork!
Two fisted on the Clark Fork!

 


LOWER CLARK FORK RIVER FISHING REPORT5-14-2015

Flows: 11,700
Water Temperature: 48 degrees
Best Time Of Day: 10:00am-6:00pm
Hatches: skwala stonefly, Baetis, March brown
Patterns: Pat’stonefly, bh pheasant tail, bh copper John, parachute Adams, purple haze, skwala, rasta skwala, bh prince, hellboy skwala

Flows are on the rise at the moment as runoff from the high elevations continues to melt. There isn’t much left. But for now the lower Clark Fork conditions are fair. Water clarity is pretty good and fish are eating here and there. It’s just a bit inconsistent for now.

Nymphing has been pretty good. Stick with bigger bugs and look for fish in 4-6 feet of water and slower seams with foam.

Dry fly action has been spotty lately and best in the afternoons.

Look for cloudy skies and chance of rain through the next 5 days the cleAring and warmer. Rising flows should stabilize and drop after next bit of warm weather. Conditions are and will be accelerated due to low snowpack. After this next wave, conditions should get great.

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Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report 4-30-2015

Section:  Below Alberton Gorge To Plains, MT.

Flows: Approximately 10,000cfs

Water Temperature:  approximately 40 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  11:00am-6:00pm

Hatches: skwala stoneflies, baetis, March browns

Patterns: Pat’s rubber legged stone, bh pheasant tail, bh prince, bh copper john, rasta skwala, stimulator, low rider skwala, Lee’s midnight bomber stone, purple chubby, parachute Adams, purple haze, Quill Gordon, royal wulff

The lower Clark Fork is presently in great shape and spring fishing has never been better.  Warmer, sunny days have skwalas flying and water temps ooching up each day.  Looking into the crystal ball it seems that perhaps run-off is over.  Upstream the Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers may bump a bit more in the next few days but it does not seem like a blowout is inevitable.  If nights stay cold conditions will hold.

Early in the day nymphing has been moving fish consistently.  Pat’s rubber legged stone with a bh prince or bh pheasant tail has been good.  Afternoons have fish looking up for big bugs and dry skwala patterns.  Dry/dropper rigs have been great in the afternoons.  Fish at least a 24 inch dropper and look for fish in seams, and 2-5 feet of walking speed current.

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Clark Fork river rainbow trout
Clark Fork river rainbow trout

 

 


Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report 4-4-2015

Flows On Lower Clark Fork River At St. Regis:  12,300 cfs

Water Temperature:  42 degrees

Water Clarity:  stained with about 36 inches of visibility

Best Time Of Day:  12 pm-6pm

Hatches: baetis, March browns, skwala stonefly

Patterns:  Pat’s rubber legged stonefly, sj worm, bh pheasant tail, bh prince, bh copper john, purple haze, Rasta skwala, low rider skwala, Bow River special streamer

Conditions are pretty good on the lower Clark Fork River at the moment.  Water clarity is stained but is very fishable.  Nymphing is pretty much to game for now.  Look for fish toward the end of runs and especially in foamy buckets, runs and back eddies.  Pat’s stonefly with a sj worm has been very good with a single BB split shot and indicator about five feet from the big fly.

Expect sporadic hatches of baetis, March browns and skwalas on overcast days.  Look for rising fish in foam buckets and soft water down the banks.

Streamers have also been moving a few fish.  Be sure to drop a #14 pheasant tail off the back especially during March brown hatches and swim the flies through foam and back eddies.  Most of the action will likely come on the nymph.

Expect condition to hold steady for the next week.  Day are predicted to be partly cloudy with chance of precipitation and average temps in the 50’s.  We have entered a cooling trend which will actually help conditions in the long run.

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LOC guest Keith S. and Tim with a great Clark Fork cuttbow.
LOC guest Keith S. and Tim with a great Clark Fork cuttbow.
LOC guest Pat. B getting it done on the Clark Fork.
LOC guest Pat. B getting it done on the Clark Fork.

Clark Fork River Fishing Report 3-31-2015

Flows at St. Regis:  12,400cfs

Water Temperature:  approximately 42 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  afternoon

Hatches:  baetis, March browns, skwala stonefly

Patterns:  bh prince, Pat’s rubber legged stone, double bh skwala stone, bh pheasant tail, rasta skwala, low rider skwala, parachute Adams, purple haze, circus peanut, bunny streamers

The lower Clark Fork river around St. Regis is holding steady and flows have flatlined again which is good.  Weather and temps are expected to head south for a few days which will also actually improve water conditions.  Clarity is fair with about 30 inches of visibility.

There is some dry fly fishing to be had in the afternoons.  Baetis, March browns and skwalas are popping sporadically.  Look for fish in soft water and foam.  Dry/dropper has been the ticket to that end and consider a skwala or #12 purple haze with a pt dropper.

Nymphing has been moving fish as well.  Keep in mind with higher flows fish will be concentrated in buckets and softer runs and will be generally pushed to the banks.  But don’t try to nymph too shallow.  Often the best part of the run down the banks will actually be about ten feet from the grass.

Don’t be afraid to throw streamers especially down soft seams and edges.

LOC guest Tom U. with a Clark Fork rainbow.
LOC guest Tom U. with a Clark Fork rainbow.

Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report 9-13-2013

Flows At St. Regis:  3050cfs

Water Temperature:  approximately 55 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  This time of year the river is fishing pretty well all day.

Hatches:  hecubas, baetis, brown drakes, hoppers, October caddis

Patterns:  parachute Adams, purple haze, yellow haze, parachute hopper, royal wulff, royal trude, stimulator, bh pheasant tail, bh prince, bh copper john, tan sparkle dun

The Clark Fork is back in play again what with fall settling in and good conditions.  Water temps are steady and now in the middle 50’s.  Fish are looking up again in earnest and eating consistently.

Depending on conditions expect hecuba mayflies (big fall pmd), baetis, October caddis and hoppers.  Look for fish in faster water and what with good water temps again starting to move into more runs.  Buckets and mid-river drop-offs are also holding fish.  Hoppers and droppers will play all day in 2-6 feet of walking speed current.

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LOC guests Tom and Sue U. with pair of perfect Clark Fork rainbows!
LOC guests Tom and Sue U. with pair of perfect Clark Fork rainbows!

Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report 4-24-2013

Flows: approximately 3800 cfs near Missoula Water temperatures:  43-47 degrees.  Best time of day:  12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Hatches:  March browns, gray drakes, blue winged olives

Patterns:  purple haze, parachute Adams, gray drake emergers, Pat’stonefly, bh pheasant tail, skwala stonefly.

 

River conditions are great and it’s fishing well.  Expect mornings to be a bit slow and generally all about nymphing.  Afternoons offer fantastic dry fly action as soon as bugs start to hatch.  Weather is expected to remain stable through the end of the week so great fishing should continue as well.

 

Clark Fork River beauty!
Clark Fork River beauty!

 


Lower Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report 4/17/2013

Flows:  7160 in St. Regis

Water temperatures:  approximately 45 degrees Best time of day:  afternoons

Hatches:  skwala stoneflies, March browns, gray drakes, blue winged olives.

Patterns:  pat’s stonefly nymph, double bead stonefly nymph, bh pheasant tail nymph, parachute Adams, purple haze , bullet head skwala, hellboy skwala, March brown sparkle dun

 

The lower Clark Fork is in great shape and fishing pretty well.  It’s cold out but flows are great and dry fly action has been steady in the afternoons.  Fish are looking up and eating skwala patterns.  March browns are coming off int the afternoons and nymphing has been good in deeper runs and boulder gardens.  Water temps are a bit warmer down in the St. Regis section and bugs and fish and especially anglers notice the difference.  Be sure to dress for the cold but there is some good fishing to be had!

Clark Fork River
Clark Fork River