Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report 4-30-2015

Section:  Below Alberton Gorge To Plains, MT.

Flows: Approximately 10,000cfs

Water Temperature:  approximately 40 degrees

Best Time Of Day:  11:00am-6:00pm

Hatches: skwala stoneflies, baetis, March browns

Patterns: Pat’s rubber legged stone, bh pheasant tail, bh prince, bh copper john, rasta skwala, stimulator, low rider skwala, Lee’s midnight bomber stone, purple chubby, parachute Adams, purple haze, Quill Gordon, royal wulff

The lower Clark Fork is presently in great shape and spring fishing has never been better.  Warmer, sunny days have skwalas flying and water temps ooching up each day.  Looking into the crystal ball it seems that perhaps run-off is over.  Upstream the Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers may bump a bit more in the next few days but it does not seem like a blowout is inevitable.  If nights stay cold conditions will hold.

Early in the day nymphing has been moving fish consistently.  Pat’s rubber legged stone with a bh prince or bh pheasant tail has been good.  Afternoons have fish looking up for big bugs and dry skwala patterns.  Dry/dropper rigs have been great in the afternoons.  Fish at least a 24 inch dropper and look for fish in seams, and 2-5 feet of walking speed current.

This Clark Fork River Montana fishing report provided by Linehan Outfitting Company.  Feel free to give us a call for more information or if you want to get on the water.  800-596-0034.


Clark Fork river rainbow trout
Clark Fork river rainbow trout