Gregg's River Report
Current Flows - Prichard 317, Cataldo 1,240
If you have not been up to the NF CDA recently you are missing some pretty good fishing. Our shop is right off of I-90. There is not a day that goes by that someone comes in the shop and asks if the river are fishable because of high flows. If they are heading west from Missoula they pass over the Clark Fork numerous times seeing only a dirty river with high water. Or if they are traveling west from CDA they might still see that the SF of the CDA is still running a little high as well. So they make the natural assumption that that the NF CDA must be high as well. Nothing could be further from the truth. The NF CDA had its major runoff over a month ago. Since that time the river rivers flows have slowly come down and are stabilizing. We should see flows of 300ish for the next little while. This has made the river very wadeable, given access via wading to gravel bars, islands and the the "other" side of the river. Basically it has shrunk the river and concentrated the fish to deeper pools, tail outs, cut banks and pocket water. Right now we are seeing good action on Green Drakes and Golden Stone patterns. You will also see PMD's and Yellow Sallies throughout the day and a good Caddis hatch toward evening. If the weather is warm you will also encounter tubers and rafters below Prichard. But if you head up river the herd thins out and you will find some solitude along with some hungry North Slope Cutthroats. A drake or golden stone pattern drift through the ripples into a deep pool will almost always produce a strike. A soft hackle pattern like a down wing Green Drake swung can also be very effective. I have also found that a half drowned Golden Stone fly works much better than a Golden riding high in the water, so go sparingly on the floatant. For the weekend we can expect cooler and cloudy weather and possible rain with temps moving into the 80's by the end of next week.
CDC Kings Golden Stone - this has been my top performing fly
Butthead Purple and Butthead Olive
Norm Wood Special
Sedgehammer Hares Ear
Green Drake Fripple
Larson's Legend Stone
Galloup Tilt Wing Olive
Or just stop by the shop and I'll show you.