Clark Fork River Montana Fishing Report 4-4-2015

Flows On Lower Clark Fork River At St. Regis:  12,300 cfs

Water Temperature:  42 degrees

Water Clarity:  stained with about 36 inches of visibility

Best Time Of Day:  12 pm-6pm

Hatches: baetis, March browns, skwala stonefly

Patterns:  Pat’s rubber legged stonefly, sj worm, bh pheasant tail, bh prince, bh copper john, purple haze, Rasta skwala, low rider skwala, Bow River special streamer

Conditions are pretty good on the lower Clark Fork River at the moment.  Water clarity is stained but is very fishable.  Nymphing is pretty much to game for now.  Look for fish toward the end of runs and especially in foamy buckets, runs and back eddies.  Pat’s stonefly with a sj worm has been very good with a single BB split shot and indicator about five feet from the big fly.

Expect sporadic hatches of baetis, March browns and skwalas on overcast days.  Look for rising fish in foam buckets and soft water down the banks.

Streamers have also been moving a few fish.  Be sure to drop a #14 pheasant tail off the back especially during March brown hatches and swim the flies through foam and back eddies.  Most of the action will likely come on the nymph.

Expect condition to hold steady for the next week.  Day are predicted to be partly cloudy with chance of precipitation and average temps in the 50’s.  We have entered a cooling trend which will actually help conditions in the long run.

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LOC guest Keith S. and Tim with a great Clark Fork cuttbow.
LOC guest Keith S. and Tim with a great Clark Fork cuttbow.
LOC guest Pat. B getting it done on the Clark Fork.
LOC guest Pat. B getting it done on the Clark Fork.