Clark Fork River Fishing Report by Blackfoot River Outfitters 6.18.18
By angelamontana

Posted: June 20, 2018

Blackfoot River Outfitters had this to report about the Clark Fork River as of June 18th:


To be honest… it will be a while until the system is fishing again. It’s been a crazy spring and we still have a lot of water coming down the Clark Fork.
The upper, upper (near Garrison) may start to clear soon and become fishable.

There was a fatal in Clinton to Turah this past week due to a logjam.  We send our condolences to the family, we are so sorry for your loss.


BEST TECHNIQUES – Nymphing way up at Warm Springs is a possibility and potentially fishing a small mayfly dry above the spillway along the freeway.

OUR TIPS OF THE WEEK – If you do make the trek to the upper river, remember to fish small nymphs as if you were fishing a tailwater (which is essentially what you are doing). Lighter tippets in spite of the water clarity.
And be careful!!!!!!

7 DAY OUTLOOK – With the recent rains and all the feeders to the Clark Fork cycling dirty again, it’ll be a while for the C.F., have patience… summer is upon us!

Call or email 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.


Still high and not the best for fishing. Give it more time!


Stones, mayflies, and caddis once the water recedes.


DRIES – Stones, mayflies, and caddis are coming! NYMPHS – Red beadhead power worm#10, prince #12, phez tails #16, tungsten salvation nymph #14. STREAMERS – olive or natural zonker type pattern #6, sparkle minnow #6, olive or black bead head buggers #8 Don’t forget a few big pike flies and metal leader.

They also stated that visibility is at less than 12 inches and the higher you go, the better.  They recommend up near Warm Spring if you’re going to fish the Clark Fork, although they give.  The current water flow is 6,030 cfs at Turah with 21,100 cfs below Missoula.  
For more information on water levels and their recommended fly fishing leader and tippet, visit their website at  Follow them on Facebook here!