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SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2014

Area trout rivers prime for fly fishing

FISHING -- Waters are cooling and aquatic insects are hatching -- mahoganies, blue-wing olives, baetis, and the occasional October caddis. You know what that means? Hit a cloudy day and you can have big results with autumn-hungry trout, like I did Saturday on the Clark...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014

Access reopens to most Western Montana rivers

FISHING -- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has lifted flood related closures at most western Montana access sites along the Bitterroot, Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. Only Woodside Bridge, along the Bitterroot River near Corvallis, remains closed. Additional access site closures and restrictions around western...

THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 2013

Clark Fork River fish safer to release than to eat

FISHING -- Catch and release trout fishing on Montana's Clark Fork River -- widely practiced by fly fishers -- isn't just good for the fishery; it's good for your health, too. While environmental groups are going to court charging that Washignton understates the contamination hazard...

FRIDAY, SEPT. 6, 2013

Field report: Clark Fork back in action for anglers

FLY FISHING -- My friend David Moershel and I drove over Lookout Pass on Thursday, dodged lightning storms and endured weather ranging from cool to hot over two days to check out Montana's Clark Fork River a week after fishing restrictions were lifted after weeks...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2013

Montana lifts fishing restrictions on Clark Fork River

FISHING -- Fishing restrictions have been rescinded for the Clark Fork River as water temperatures have cooled, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials announced this afternoon. Water temperatures are holding below 70 degrees, and weather conditions have moderated enough that further restrictions are not likely,...

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Warm water restricts angling on Bitterroot, Clark Fork rivers

FISHING -- In an effort to protect fish from the stress of low stream flows and high water temperatures, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will prohibit fishing from 2 p.m. until midnight on parts of the Clark Fork and all of the Bitterroot River, excluding...

THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013

Montana extends Clark Fork River closure due to fire

RIVERS -- Fishermen are being displaced from a popular stretch of the Clark Fork River as firefighters try to control a nearby wildfire. The closure announced Wednesday has been extended today. Here's the latest from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks...

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013

Fire closes Clark Fork River near Superior

FISHING -- The Clark Fork River has been closed from Big Eddy Fishing Access Site to Dry Creek Fishing Access Site along Interstate 90 because of operations related to fighting a wildfire northwest of Superior, Mont., the state Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department has announced....

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013


Clark Fork opens to floaters past Milltown Dam site

RIVERS -- Montana Lieutenant Governor John Walsh will join other state officials today to celebrate the opening of a stretch of the Clark Fork River near Milltown that will be open for water traffic for the first time in more than a century. What: Opening...

THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

Missoula’s Wave needs emergency fix

PADDLING -- The artificial wave that has become a fixture in downtown Missoula and attracted kayakers from across the nation needs emergency repairs. Brennan’s Wave was completed in 2006 and has served as a site for the U.S. Kayak Team’s Olympic Trial and the Montana...

THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

Rafter videos Clark Fork’s Alberton Gorge rapids

WHITEWATER RAFTING -- Local rafter Tanner Grant has put together another in a series of videos that chronicles a rafter's view of a popular river, labeling all the rapids. This time it's the Alberton Gorge of Montana's Clark Fork River, a popular summer rafting destination...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

Whitewater rafters go with the flow

Whitewater rafters go with the flow RIVER RUNNING – If you want expert advice on the reliable periods to find sufficient flows in area whitewater rivers, check out the ROW Adventures trip schedule. After all, they’ve been rafting area rivers for more than three decades....

TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Motorized boating rules enacted for Missoula-area rivers

BOATING - New restrictions on motorized boating went into effect last weekend on Missoula area rivers, including parts of the Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Blackfoot. On the Clark Fork, motorized travel is prohibited year-round through Missoula, from the old Milltown Reservoir area to just above...

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011

‘Raft for the Cure’ on Clark Fork River

CHARITY OUTDOORS – ROW Adventures will be giving breast cancer research a boost by hosting a one-day benefit raft trip on the Clark Fork River July 31. Proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer project in Coeur d’Alene. The event is great for...

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011

Montana considers extending Rock Creek float season

FISHING -- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting public comment through June 24 on a proposal to extend the float fishing season on Rock Creek, east of Missoula, because of the unusually high river flows that have prevented most spring floating opportunities this year....

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

Clark Fork River a foot over flood stage

RIVERS -- The Clark Fork River was a foot over flood stage in Missoula on Tuesday, the Missoulian reports. The Montana river was predicted to rise another couple of feet by Thursday as rainfall and snowmelt increased flows. This isn't good news for anglers with...

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011

Clark Fork fish are using new passage past Thompson Falls Dam

FISHERIES -- The new upstream fish ladder at the Thompson Falls Dam and hydropower project in Thompson Falls, Mont., has opened and apparently fish such as bull trout and rainbows have started moving freely past the structure since April. The fish ladder was completed and...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

Flooding closes access to Montana rivers

FISHING -- Flooding on the Bitterroot and Clark Fork rivers has forced Montana officials to close many fishing access sites this week. Bitterroot River sites closed today include, from south to north: Hannon Memorial, WW White, Darby Bridge, Wally Crawford, Woodside Bridge, Tucker Crossing, Bell...

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

Best in the West kayakers converging on Clark Fork

PADDLING -- Top paddlers are zeroing in on Montana's Clark Fork River this weekend for the Best in the West kayak competition, one of the longest standing kayak events in the U.S. Every year in the middle of May, kayakers converge in Missoula to surf...

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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