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.
October 16th, 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. We have seen our best fishing from 11 am to dark. Nymphing has been most productive but we have seen some Blue Wing Olives mid day or on any stormy or overcast days. Give a call down to the shop anytime for up to the hour info.
Flows: 64 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: Last Chance Cripple, Mole Fly, Royal Wulff
Streamers: Zonkers, Hare Sculpin, Beldar.