Upper Clarks Fork

September 23, 2021 9:00 am

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!!

The upper Clarks Fork is clear and fishing well above Crandall Creek. Recent rains and even snow in the higher elevations have really helped the upper river cool down. The trout are happy and we don’t have to worry too much about water temps being too high and resulting trout mortality.

Hatches are good. The trout are small – 4-12 inches to be expected. Perfect Zero through 3 weight fly rod water!!

Below is what we recommend for the upper Clarks Fork and the Beartooth Lakes.

Smaller (#10-16) beadhead nymphs work best. A dry/dropper rig is also good. Hatches are caddis, gray drakes, midges and blue wing olives and pale evening duns. Smaller hoppers, ants and beetle patterns are recommended if the trout won’t come to the hatches. Attractors such as royal trudes, royal Wulffs, yellow humpy, Klinkhammers and Parachute Adams are good searching dry fly patterns.

Bears are out. Pack bear spray!!

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