Clark Fork River
Clark Fork Fishing Season:
Mid-March through November
Clark Fork Fish Species:
Rainbow, Westlope Cutthroat, Brown Trout, Bull trout, Mountain Whitefish
Average Fish Size On Average Day:
Clark Fork Tackle Suggestions:
9ft, 5 or 6 weight/medium to fast action for dry fly fishing, nymphing and streamer fishing
Any fly fisherman would love to experience a Clark Fork fly fishing trip as it offers great hatches, beautiful scenery and big fish. Named after William Clark of the Corps of Discovery, the Clark Fork is Montana’s largest river by volume. Over the last decade the Clark Fork has experienced a tremendous re-birth of sorts. Long abused by historical mining degradation, the Clark Fork is now thriving and full of healthy, wild trout. The lower Clark Fork, near St. Regis, Montana provides approximately 45 miles of fishable water.
Best fished from a drift boat, the Clark Fork’s soft runs, swirling back eddies, and long foam lines provide perfect feeding lanes for big, hungry rainbows and cutthroats. Our guides are often heard saying, “Foam is home,” on the Clark Fork due to the numbers of fish we hook slurping bugs in the mocha java scum lines.
Light tippets and tiny dries can be the order of the day on the Clark Fork and some of the biggest fish of the season are caught on some of the smallest flies. Good hatches of pmd’s and caddis headline the summer season with terrestrials becoming more important as the season matures through September.
We’re happy to meet you in St. Regis for a day trip and depending on conditions the Clark Fork is always a great option for guests staying with us for a multi-day trip. We love the drive, the conversation, the lies and the adventure!