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River Report : CLARK FORK
August 23rd and the river is flowing at 1,800cfs. I have been taking the river temps at start and middle of the day. Temps are hovering at 64 degrees most of the day starting at 58 in the morning climbing to 64 by afternoon and our cooler 40 degree air temp temps over night help keep the river temps down near 60 during the day .While most of Montana's rivers are on fishing restrictions the Clark Fork is doing quite well and there are NO fishing restrictions here. The fish still seem quite strong and healthy. Tip.......the big fish are holding at the bottoms of the big rapids because at summer temps the water holds more oxygen at the bottom of the rapids. Now is clearly the time to fish the Clark Fork over hoppers. The hopper crop is big and active triggering some impressive strikes on the foam flies. The vis is outstanding at 5 plus feet. Nearly any shallow rock can be seen and avoided. Blue wing olives and PMDs flies are at the head of the dry fly list. We are all fishing attractors and some droppers during the day and switching back to small naturals after lunch. Steve
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