Peninsula Fly Fishers

Fishing the Clark Fork

September 15, 2011 1:44 PM | Anonymous member
Spent the second weekend in September fishing the Clark Fork.  As we drove up on Friday evening we were met with a pretty good Sierra thunderstorm.  Not really a big surprise but it was nice to know that we had packed the tent AND the rainfly.  The weather abated as we crested the summit and headed down to the Dardanelle Campground near Kennedy Meadows.  

The weekend after Labor Day one can typically expect the campgrounds to be pretty empty.  We arrived around 4PM and had no trouble finding a nice site.  We set-up our usual, everything but the kitchen sink, car camping camp and headed out to try our luck. 

The streams in this area are beautiful but suffer somewhat from the proximity to the campsites and the fact that they are not catch and release.  That said, the fish were small but very accommodating.  I was fishing with a first time fly fisher so the conditions were perfect.  The water levels looked more like late June than early September.

The weather remained iffy all weekend the nights at 6500' were definitely on the cool side.  Neither was a real problem.  This is a great place to go, although it tends to get very crowded in mid-summer.  Lot of small lakes and streams in the area an as always, if you get more than a 1/2 mile from the road you will most likely be alone.
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