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.