Beartooth Lakes

September 23, 2021 9:00 am

Lakes on the Wyoming side of the Beartooth Mountains are pretty and fish well early fall until cold temps freeze the lakes over. There is road construction west of Beartooth Lake that has a 10-20 minute delay in reaching the upper Beartooth Lakes. The road over the Beartooths is closed after dark and re-opens around 7 am.

Strip/retrieve small soft hackles, size 12-16, or use balanced leech patterns size 8 or 10 until the lake waters warm up a bit.

Trout are also responding to dry flies and small bead head nymphs:  Parachute Adams, purple haze, royal trudes, royal Wulffs, elk hair or CDC caddis, ants, beetles and even small hoppers are working on top – sizes 14-22.  Size 12-20 soft hackle nymphs, copper Johns, Prince, pheasant tails, gold-ribbed hare’s ears and N. Fork Specials for wet fly selections.

Carry bear spray and mosquito repellent! The grizzlies are very active now that hunters are afield. Wearing orange might not be a bad idea if hiking into some of the back country lakes.

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages since mid-July. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers has had one of the busiest guided trip and in-the-fly-shop tourist season EVER!

So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept the doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.

Even though the waters have been the lowest seen since 1996, the fishing has been very good in the Cody region. Water temps have been in the comfort zone for trout and these are dropping again as the days shorten and the nights lengthen. We are still heavily booked for guided trips and encourage those looking for a guide in September through October to call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for the ability to immediately reserve dates and guides. Hopefully, we can keep up with the fishing report going forward!!



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