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Clark Fork River Headwaters Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Mountain White Fish, Other, Rainbow Trout

Anaconda, Montana, USA

4 Anglers Maximum

Fishing per day: starting at $125 per guest

Camping per day: starting at $50 per guest

If you’re an angler looking for a challenge and a chance to catch a trophy fish, the Clark Fork River Headwaters property in Montana might just be what you’re looking for. This property boasts 1.75 miles of river frontage and is located 100 miles from Missoula, making it a remote and secluded spot to fish. The property is also conveniently located only 1 mile below the Dam, making it the farthest up the river you can get.

While the headwaters of the Clark Fork River may not produce large numbers of fish per mile, the quality of the fish more than makes up for it. The brown trout in this stretch of river can exceed 2ft, and anglers can also expect to find Rainbows, Westslope Cutthroat, the occasional Bull trout, Whitefish, Longnose suckers, and possibly Pikeminnow. The river is smaller than downstream, at around 10 yards wide. Anglers should target larger and deeper holes with oxygenated water, such as riffles that lead into deep pools. Small nymphs in the #18-#20 range, as well as midges, baetis, and mayfly patterns, are safe bets all year round. Hatches of grasshoppers, craneflies, drakes, stoneflies, and caddis occur throughout the year, with good streamer fishing on cloudy days in the spring and fall. Fishing on this property can be a bit more challenging than others, but the quality and size of the fish in some holes make it worth the effort.

Access to the river is easy for all anglers, with vehicle access along both sides of the river. The property offers easy casting and open grasslands, making it an inviting spot to fish. However, it’s important to note that moose have been sighted in the area, and there is an elk fence around the river to protect it. There is a bull paddock on the property, but they do not have access to the water.  Dogs are not allowed to chase livestock.

Overall, the Clark Fork River Headwaters property offers a secluded and challenging fishing experience, with the right approach and some patience, anglers can enjoy the beauty of this remote property while trying to catch that elusive trophy fish.

Please note, Under the Montana Stream Access Law, the public may use rivers and streams for recreational purposes up to the ordinary high-water mark. Although unlikely, you could potentially see other anglers while on this property. RareWaters mission is to spread the power of the outdoors and the inspiration to conserve it. To that end, we try our best to find properties that are away from the crowds for a serene fishing experience.

Want to make a long weekend or week out of it? Camping is permitted here.

Although we typically get your booking approved within a few hours, please allow up to 1 business day for booking confirmations.

Camping prices are per vehicle/per day. Camping is dispersed camping. Please practice “leave no trace” principles and pack out all trash. You will need to supply your own water. Bear spray is recommended. Montana law requires a locking cooler or bear-proof food storage. Campfires are allowed. Please abide by all local fire bans. This property is grassland and fairly flat so larger trailers should be able to fit on this property.

This property has a habitat restoration project on the north end (down river) and the construction should be finished towards the end of summer 2023. It is very important you do not fish or walk in this area. You will still have 2 river miles to fish not affected by the habitat restoration project.

RESOURCES

Know before you go

Check out the resources below to help you prepare for your upcoming trip and ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information for a stellar day on the water.


  1. Don’t forget your local fishing license, you can grab one online here.
  2. Check your local flow report here.  Ideal: 400 CFS, Too Low:150 CFS, Too high:1000 CFS
  3. Contact a local fly shop for the most up-to-date hatch and fly information.
  4. Know the local regulations.
  5. Fishing Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
  6. Fishing Season: March - November

Most of our properties are ranches, so expect to walk through hayfields, cow fields, or even hop a few fences. These are not "groomed" properties. They can be rugged and wild and we believe that is part of the adventure with RareWaters! If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out in advance of booking a trip!

River Data

5-Day Weather Forecast

Monday
2/26/2024
32℉ / 29℉

Tuesday
2/27/2024
30℉ / 14℉

Wednesday
2/28/2024
40℉ / 15℉

Thursday
2/29/2024
46℉ / 26℉

Friday
3/1/2024
43℉ / 28℉

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  • Conor Wynne-Parry
    August 23, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    This property has very easy access and very user friendly casting space. Technical nymphing provided the most fish, ranging in sizes. Mostly brown trout using 5X and size 18 nymphs like baetis and midges. My 3 PB brown trout were caught here, all taping 24inches. Amazing property for an experienced angler

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Frequently asked questions.

What is RareWaters?

We provide affordable and easy access to private ranches for you to experience do-it-yourself (DIY) fly fishing experiences. No upfront membership fees are required. Just pay as you book! Pricing is listed at the top of each property's listing page. DIY fly fishing means anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flow and fishing conditions. When the information is available, we include weather and river flow information for the properties on our website.

What hours can I fish?

Each landowner sets their fishing hours, and most are sunrise to sunset. We have a few landowners who deviate from that timeframe. This information is listed on each property listing page.

Can a non-angling friend or relative join me?

At this time, everyone over the age of 12 must pay the full rod fee to be on RareWaters' property. This is to ensure that all anglers have the serenity, space and outdoor experience we are committed to providing.

Will I get the water all to myself?

We limit each property to a max number of anglers, typically no more than 3-4 anglers per mile. This is different for each property, so be sure to go to the property's listing page to find out what the maximum is for the property you want to book. For example, if you have 2 anglers in your group and the maximum number of anglers is 4, we may add 2 other anglers to the property that day, even if they are from another group. If you book all 4 (or more) rod spots that day, then your group will have the whole property to yourselves.

How do I know where to go after I book?

After we receive your payment, you will receive a booking confirmation email. Within 7 days of your reservation, you will receive a property map via email with GPS coordinates, directions, parking and camping information, etc. We strongly encourage all anglers to save GPS coordinates into their smartphones before leaving cell service. Many of our properties are remote working ranches with limited cell service. Google Maps is our preferred app for all angler directions.

What are your booking policies?

Great question. Here are a few policies you should know before you go:

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made ten (10) days or more before the booked date will receive a full refund. Cancellations made five (5) to ten (10) days before the booked date will receive a credit for future use. Cancellations made five (5) days or less before the booked date will receive no refund or credit. By submitting a booking request for any RareWaters' property, you agree to this cancellation policy. If you request to book a property within 10 days of the request date, and the booking is approved and you cancel the booking, you will receive a credit for future use. RareWaters is not responsible for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. Anglers are responsible for determining weather, river flows and fishing conditions. Refunds and credits will not be issued for weather, river flows or fishing conditions. The Cancellation Policy may be superseded by extenuating circumstances as deemed appropriate by RareWaters' staff.


Maximum Angler Policy:

Please note, if your party does not equate to the maximum angler amount for the property you've booked, you may encounter another angler or group. Maximum angler amounts are listed in the description for every property on the website. Please practice good fishing etiquette around other anglers by giving each other plenty of space and sharing different stretches of the watershed.


Leave No Trace Policy:

All anglers must adhere to RareWaters "Leave No Trace" policy. This policy requires all anglers to leave properties better off than they found them. If you see trash, please pick it up and pack it out. We ask that you kindly be respectful of the land, any livestock, and the watershed so we can continue to offer fly fishing access for years to come. Trespassing will not be tolerated and all violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Leave No Trace Policy.


Solicitation Policy:

Under no circumstances may an angler or their guest solicit RareWaters' landowners for any reason. During your trip, anglers and guests are not permitted to promote, sell or offer any kind of services or products to RareWaters' landowners. Additionally, anglers and their guests may not compete with RareWaters in any way while visiting RareWaters' properties. By submitting a booking request through the RareWaters website, you agree to this Solicitation Policy.