Clark Fork River, Lower

Frenchtown, Montana

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Despite the environmental atrocities upstream, the Clark Fork from Missoula to the Idaho border is a recreationalist's dream. Pleasure floaters, whitewater enthusiasts and fishermen alike find sanctity in the clear water, scenic landscape and ready access. Due to the large volume of water compared to its relatively low fish count, most anglers prefer to float this section of the Clark Fork. Although the numbers are low, the fish tend to pod up in the Clark Fork, and once you begin to recognize their holding water, you will find ample numbers. Do not be afraid to keep the boat moving until you spot likely water or feeding fish. Pods are often separated by several hundred yards of dead water. Look for any seams, current breaks and incoming tributaries. Clark Fork trout are not shy to take dry flies, and pods can often be spotted by their dimpling surface takes. Types of Fish: Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Westslope Cutthroat, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Whitefish. 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)

Despite the environmental atrocities upstream, the Clark Fork from Missoula to the Idaho border is a recreationalist's dream. Pleasure floaters, whitewater enthusiasts and fishermen alike find sanctity in the clear water, scenic landscape and ready access. Due to the large volume of water compared to its relatively low fish count, most anglers prefer to float this section of the Clark Fork.

Although the numbers are low, the fish tend to pod up in the Clark Fork, and once you begin to recognize their holding water, you will find ample numbers. Do not be afraid to keep the boat moving until you spot likely water or feeding fish. Pods are often separated by several hundred yards of dead water. Look for any seams, current breaks and incoming tributaries. Clark Fork trout are not shy to take dry flies, and pods can often be spotted by their dimpling surface takes. Types of Fish: Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Westslope Cutthroat, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Whitefish. 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: Frenchtown
Trail Type: Several options
Season & Limits: July through March
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Clark Fork River, Lower

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