We've enjoyed a few really good days on the Clark Fork this Spring. However, as the snow in the high country begins to melt the Clark Fork will likely start to muddy up and blow out.
Here are a few tips for fly fishing the Clark Fork River:
1. Cast streamers at the undercut banks and slow inside bends and runs and let them swing out into the current
2. Try swinging a march brown emerger soft hackle behind a streamer
3. Try a black and purple chubby with a medium length dropper of a hot bead worm
Here are a few fly suggestions:
1. Kreelex Minnow size 6, in copper/gold
2. Micro-chubby size 14, in black and purple
3. March Brown Soft Hackle Emerger size 12-14
4. Pheasant Tail Nymph size 16-20
5. Zebra Midge size 18, in red
6. Hare's Ear Nymph size 14
Flows and looking ahead:
Flow: 3640 cfs at the time of publishing this report
Here is a link to the Clark Fork RIver USGS Water Information.
The Clark Fork will certainly bump a lot over the next week and may not be the best river to fish. Look for days where the river has 4"-12" of visibility on the banks and is on the way down.
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