August 2013 Fishing Report

Fishing from the Clark Fork River Outfitters Lodge on the lower Clark
Fork River is now done in the morning and early afternoon due to the
12:00 am to 2:00 pm restriction. Hatches of PMD’s, Tricothodes, and
caddis are coming off in the mid morning hours where good numbers of
cutthroat and rainbows are caught using parachute purple haze, Pink,
Purple and Red Morrish hoppers with rubber legs, Royal Wulffs, and
Beadhead Purple Prince nymphs in size 16. Put the nymph dropper about
three feet off the bend of the floating fly. Size 12 in the floating
flies seems to work the best now. Smaller parachute purple haze in size
16 and 18 also can produce fish in the earliest part of the day. Each
day the mornings are getting slightly cooler and the fishing is
improving as well. We are now looking foreward to the Fall days of
cooler weather when we have the Clark Fork River Outfitters 12 day Fly
Fishing Guide Training School in the second week of October. Here’s to
cloudy days and cooler temps! Donn Dale

A Rainy Day of Fishing The Clark Fork River near Saint Regis, Montana on June 25th, 2013

It was a day predicted for a 30% chance of rain. It turned out to be 100%.  We were drenched in rain as the hatches kept coming and the rainbow and cutthroat trout on the Clark Fork River near St. Regis, Montana came out of hiding. It was dry fly fishing with pale morning duns and trout were constantly on our fly lines from morning until dark. It was a memorable day for the Clark Fork River to say the least. We fished the Clark Fork River from St. Regis to Ferry Landing in a georgeous 14 mile stretch of water in a mackenzie boat from Clark Fork River Outfitters Lodge. There were many 16″ to 18″ trout in both cutthroat and rainbows and all were caught on top of the water with size 14 PMD’s and some royal wulff flies as well. The rain came hard at times and then cleared off to a refreshing clean fresh smell of pine forest and new rain on the river. It was truly a day to cherish and remember.

Clark Fork River Fishing Report 6/17/2013

For a special occasion on father’s day,  my daughter Lisa, and son-in-law Pierre, decided to join me for an evening of fly fishing on the Clark Fork next to my lodge. The weather was superb with 70 degree fahrenheit temps, no wind and clear clean water. It was perfect.  We took a Mackensie drift boat and an assembly of caddis fly imitations and some size 12 royal wulff’s. We fished them tandem and almost immediately the fish responded to both of our dry flys. In a period of 4 hours we netted 14 rainbow and cutthroat trout from 14 to 19 inches. All of them were healthy and incredibly strong fish which is what the Clark Fork is famous for. It was one of those times that is truly the answer to a fly fisherman’s dream.

Clark Fork River Fishing Report – May 31, 2013

Clark Fork River Fly FishingThis spring the river is clearing sooner that previous years because for now there is less rain than in previous spring seasons. The cooler weather has slowed down the runoff somewhat and the cleaner water means early spring fishing with stimulators, grey drakes, pale morning duns and blue winged olives on the cloudier days. Golden stones, yellow sallies and a few Squala stones can be found as well.

Nice catches of rainbow and westslope cutthroat are being experienced on the lower Clark Fork with an increased frequency of brown trout this year.  Black wooley buggers are taking larger fish along the shoreline pools.  The Royal Wulff is also taking fish in the foam lines and back eddy pools. So now this season is beginning with good fishing in semiclear water which makes for excellent nymph and dry fly fishing.