Clark Fork River

Tip of the week 

All the rain has made the river cool down quite a bit and flows have bumped back up. This means only good things to come in the next few weeks. Fish will be aggressively hunting for food before winter hits, this means you can get away with fly patterns that may not be the exact hatch going on or your streamer looks a little questionable. With that being said, on your warmer days Blue Wing Olive's will be out early in the morning till the sun really starts to peek out. After that Mahogany's will start to come out and will stay out pretty much all day if the weather holds. Keep an eye out for October Caddis as they don't hatch in huge numbers, but where they are hatching you can be assured the fish are all over them. As far as streamers go, just about any bigger pattern is going to work. Best colors from what our guides have said are, Olive, Black, Yellow, and White (the bushier the better). Nymphing is definitely your best bet if you don't see any dries out. A Hot Bead San Juan with a smaller nymph dropper (choose your favorite) seems to be the for sure thing to lock up some fish.

Seven-day forecast 

Cold and cloudy weather expected through the weekend.
We have guides out every day so call us to get the skinny from yesterday.

Call us for up to the minute updates at 406.542.7411 or if you are in the area stop in our fly shop and say hi at 3055 North Reserve Street in Missoula for all your Orvis gear and the right bugs.

Must Have Flies 
Blue Winged Olive tan, olive 18-20 Buy from
Pale Morning Dun Thorax olive 16-20 Buy from
Bead Head Prince green 12-18 Buy from
Troutmaster Nymph - Hare's Ear grey, green 8-16 Buy from
Zonker grey, olive, natural 6-10 Buy from
Rosetta Stone orange, olive or brown 8-12 Buy from
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