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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