Lower Clarks Fork

September 23, 2021 9:00 am

CFS: 199 in Clark, WY

The lower Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River up to the confluence of Dead Indian Creek is fishing fair to verey good. The flows are very low below the Beartooth Ranch access area. We are seeing an improvement in flow and also water temperatures — a good thing!  — thanks to the cold rain and a 20 degree drop in air temps.

The trout are responding well to smaller dries, but will still eat hoppers given the opportunity. Wade fishing is the better way to attack the lower part of this Wild and Scenic River because flows are too low to float.

Hoppers  and caddis are on the water as are gray drakes and blue winged olives now. Dries – Yellow stimulators, Ho Candy yellow, Horror and other favorite hopper patterns. Elk hair caddis, yellow humpy, royal trudes, royal Wulffs and parachute Adams (size 10-18), Wulff style gray drakes, Klinkhammer, olive sparkle duns.

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.

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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