This Clark Fork River Montana fishing report is brought to you by Linehan Outfitting Company and provides current River and fishing conditions. We will update this report every couple days or if conditions change. And always feel free to call if you need details, a guide, lodging, or anything else surrounding the fly fishing world.
Flows at St Regis: approximately 5000cfs
Water Temperature: 56 degrees
Best Time Of Day: lately all day has been good burn evenings will often offer better dry fly action
Hatches: caddis, pale morning dun mayflies, golden stoneflies, yellow sallies, salmon flies
Patterns: Pat’s stone, bh pheasant tail, bh prince, bh hare’s ear, bh redemption pmd, chubbies, Hellboy, Fat Alberts, stimulator, sj worm, parachute Adams, purple haze, Royal wullf, elk hair caddis, Bloom’s caddis, corn fed caddis, pmd emerger
It’s all systems go here on the Clark Fork at the moment. The River is in excellent shape and presently fishing well. Flows are dropping and fish are having to adjust on an almost daily basis. Keep that in mind and remember that just because you found them in somewhere or in a specific water type one day, they may be in an entirely different place the next day.
Dry/dropper rigs are about all you need for now. Think chubbies with bh pheasant tail droppers. LOC guides fished purple Chubbies and pheasant tail droppers the other day and never even thought about changing. Look for fish down the banks in fast water of 2-4 feet of depth. Dry action has been great under a bit of cloud cover. Under sunny skies, expect more dropper eats. Caddis, pmds, drakes, golden stones are all active and fluttering about.
It’s hot and sunny already so mornings and evenings are best for consistent dry fly action. If you see rising fish, they are likely very catchable. Otherwise, expect more dropper action as the afternoon deepens.
If it appears fish are not necessarily looking up or suspended in the water column, fish a pair of Pat’s stones about 5 feet under an indicator and don’t be afraid to jig them or even drag them through riffles and down banks with good current and depth.
Expect high pressure and bright sunshine with daytime temperatures in upper 80’s. Winds will be very light and variable through the week. It looks like we’re headed for an extended, early heat wave. Get on the water early for best results in general.