Clark Fork River, Upper

Drummond, Montana

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The Clark Fork River is a living paradox. In spite of its origin at the base of the largest superfund site in the United States, it still maintains a rich population of aquatic life throughout much of its length. The upper section generally resembles a spring creek with clear water, easy wading, nutrientrich water, and a healthy population of wily brown trout. As the Clark Fork heads west it continues to absorb tributaries such as the Little Blackfoot, Flint Creek, Rock Creek and shortly before the Milltown Dam the Blackfoot River. Not only do these tributaries breathe new life into the Clark Fork, but each radically enhances its flow and character eventually forming the largest river in the state. Types of Fish: Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Westslope Cutthroat, Whitefish, Northern Pike. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.
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Fly Fishing Montana

by Brian & Jenny Grossenbacher (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)

The Clark Fork River is a living paradox. In spite of its origin at the base of the largest superfund site in the United States, it still maintains a rich population of aquatic life throughout much of its length. The upper section generally resembles a spring creek with clear water, easy wading, nutrientrich water, and a healthy population of wily brown trout. As the Clark Fork heads west it continues to absorb tributaries such as the Little Blackfoot, Flint Creek, Rock Creek and shortly before the Milltown Dam the Blackfoot River. Not only do these tributaries breathe new life into the Clark Fork, but each radically enhances its flow and character eventually forming the largest river in the state.

Types of Fish: Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Westslope Cutthroat, Whitefish, Northern Pike. This fly-fishing chapter describes the "where, when, and how" for fishing in this area. It includes a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to use, the best flies to use, season, limits, nearby accommodations, and camping.

©  Brian & Jenny Grossenbacher/No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Drummond
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: July through March
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Clark Fork River, Upper

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