Flowing out of the Zirkel Wilderness Area, the Elk River is clean and clear this fall. There are just a few access points to the river starting with Christina State Wildlife Area located about 8 miles out of town. Christina is a 1 mile stretch that provides numerous long runs and solid pocket water. Browns, Rainbows, Cutthroats, Brookies and Whitefish, ranging from 12-18 inches can be found in this stretch of the Elk. The Upper Elk, north of Clark down Seedhouse road, has tons of public water access in the National Forest. Bring a small rod, attractor dry flies and 4x tippet.
September 10th, 2019
The Elk River is at a great flow right now. With cooler evening temps there is no need to get out first thing in the morning. The hoppers are out and we have had our best luck mid morning fishing hopper dropper rigs in faster water. Give a call down to the shop anytime for up to the hour info.
Flows: 73 C.F.S.
Nymphs: Tung Jig Stone, Red Ass, Edwards Black, Hot Wire Prince, Copper John, Lightening Bug, Juju Baetis, TungTeaser, Brassie, Black Beauty, Hares Ear.
Dries: Drowned Spinner Trico, Last Chance Cripple Trico, Balloon Caddis, Charlie Boy Hopper, Stimulator, Turks Tarantula.
Streamers: Zonkers, Hare Sculpin, Beldar.