The major storm event that hit the northern tier of Yellowstone Park and southern Montana has impacted these waters. Flows on the Lamar were over 17,000 cfs June 12 and 13. Flows are dropping now, but access to this area of Yellowstone is questionable due to road damage. Repairs are scheduled but not definite as to when that will be completed. We are also unsure what damage the flood did to the Lamar Yellowstone cutthroat fishery because we cannot access the area either. Soda Butte Creek is not accessible yet due to road damage on the Lamar road and at the NE Gate near Cooke City, Montana. The scenario for extremely high water and creek access is the same for Slough Creek.
We recommend checking with the Park headquarters for more information on road conditions to the NE corner of YNP. Travel through the Park is via Cody – East Gate; Jackson/Dubois – South Gate and West Yellowstone – West Gate based on even or odd license plate numbers.
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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