BRO’s Tips of the Week:
The Clark Fork is still in full runoff. Creeks and tributaries open this Saturday, and along with tailwaters and lakes, smaller water will be your best option for the near future.
7 Day Outlook:
The next couple of days look beautiful around the Missoula area – high 80s and mid-70s next week. Expect the river to stay big.
Our Recommendations for the Best Techniques and Patterns:
If you can find accessible, slow water, fishing larger, dark nymphs together with weight can find a fish or two. Think big Rubber Legs, the TJ Hooker, Double Bead Stones, and a San Juan as more worms wash into the river, but again, it’s better to head elsewhere.
If you throw streamers, olive and black patterns, Mini Dungeons, Baby Gongas, or Sparkle Minnows might get a chase tight to the bank.
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USGS Water Charts
The Clark Fork jumped in flow this week and is running off-color.
March Browns, BWOs.
DRIES - March Browns #12-14, BWOs #18
NYMPHS - TJ Hooker, Girdle Bug, Rubber Legs, San Juan #08-#12. Perdigon, Spanish Bullet, Frenchie, Brillon’s Mean Machine, Duracell, Prince Nymph, Jig PT #14-18, Zebra Midge #18-20.
STREAMERS - Double Gonga #08, Zonkers #06 & #08 in Natural, Olive, or Yellow. Lil Kims. Buggers #06-12, Dungeon in Brown, Olive, and White.
14,500cfs (above average for this time of year)
Water temperature at mid-day
The river is high and muddy.
Best time of day to fish
Late morning through evening.
The whole river is starting to open up. Floating is easiest through town and below Missoula.
Best access point
Multiple access points all along the river.
Rainbows, westslope cutthroats, cut-bows, browns, pike and whitefish.
Fishing season is open year round.
Missoula International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader
From a boat - 7.5' 3x-4x. Wading step it up to 9'
Recommended fly fishing tippet
3x top bug and 4x for second or 4x to 5x for smaller rigs
Best fly fishing rod
9ft 5 or 6 weights for nymphing and dries - 7wt for streamers
Best floating fly line
WF 5wt or 6wt
Best sinking fly line