Lower Clarks Fork

January 5, 2021 9:00 am

CFS: 229 in Clark, WY

The lower Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River from the Wild and Scenic canyon area down river to the Montana State Line is flowing ice, if not frozen completely the first week in January.  There is some open water in the fish hatchery area where large springs flowing at 55 degrees keeps the river open. However, there will be slush ice flowing so be careful when wading. Look for some icebergs coming down river!!

Midges are working great for dry fly action: small parachute Adams, Griffith’s gnats, smokejumpers, bow-tie midges and gray, black or olive sparkle duns best. Sizes 16-24.

Nymphs: bead head Prince, pheasant tails, gold-ribbed hare’s ears, Pat’s stones, Spanish bullets in black, pearl or purple and North Fork Specials size 8 and smaller.

Streamers are also working well. Trout are responding to woolly buggers, conehead zonkers, peanut envy, muddlers, and other streamer flies 2-5 inches in length. Best colors seem to be brown, yellow/brown, black/olive, olive, black, white. Size 2-10.

Should you want an immediate update on flows, water quality, hatches, fly suggestions, we advise you call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for that. We also suggest and recommend that you do the same for the 2022 Guided Trip season to reserve dates and guides. We are already getting bookings for late spring and summer trips in 2022. If  you have your dates picked out, we urge you to get a deposit made as soon as possible so you don’t miss the chance to float or walk/wade Cody/Bighorn area rivers and streams. 






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