The Clark Fork river is the largest river by volume in the state of Montana. It’s headwaters are very near the Continental Divide flowing northwest and north through a valley in the mountains. Once it reaches Missoula the river flows twords the Idaho Border and the waters eventually end up in Columbia River that dumps into the Pacific Ocean. The Rainbows that swim the waters of the Clark Fork have deep red sides and fight like steelhead! Hard charging and acrobatic the Clark Fork Rainbow Trout will show you a great time! The Clark Fork is also home to some of the most beautiful Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the state. Wait to set the hook as that big Cutthroat moves to eat your dry fly. A full day guided fishing trip on the Clark Fork River is the best way to enjoy this river. All trips included fly rods, flies for the day and a great river side lunch. The only thing you will need to bring is weather appropriate clothing and a Montana Fishing License, which you can purchase at the shop or online. Full day trips are $550 and we’ll be fishing approximately 7-8 hours.
Fly fishing the Clark Fork River can start as early as the end of March or Early April. As the water temps increase so does the bug activity. Skwalas, March Browns, Gray Drakes and BWO’s get the fish looking up for easy meals. The nymphing is good and great dry fly fishing finishes up the day.
After runoff ends in late June the summer dry fly season begins on the Clark Fork River. Fly Fishing Clark Fork River is all about fishing structure. The river is full of great ledges, drops, center of the river bubble lines, flats and great banks for you to fish dry flies. Golden Stonflies, PMD’s, Caddis, Hoppers, Attractor patterns, Ants, Beetles and Hecubas are all on the menu. Big Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout willing to eat your dry flies. Does life get any better?
Fly fishing the Clark Fork River in fall is great. Boat traffic is almost non existant and the fishing is amazing. Hoppers and attractors still work, Mahogany Duns and BWO’s make an appearance. Fish are still eating dry flies, the scenery is unreal and the water is as beautiful as ever! If your looking for a great day of fall fishing then ask us about a day of fly fishing on the Clark Fork River.