Lower Clarks Fork

June 20, 2022 9:00 am

CFS:  High! Flows are 6200 cfs leaving the Wild and Scenic Canyon area. 

Water levels are still high due to snowmelt and continued rain events. The lower Clarks Fork was one of the rivers that were hit by the “perfect storm” in northern Wyoming, YNP and southern Montana, June 12 and 13.  We expect to see the river come into shape by the second week in July. Just in time for the salmon fly emergence!!

Fish bigger stonefly patterns behind rocks and other river obstructions. That is where the fish will be to avoid the high flows and swift currents.  Large Chubby Chucks or Stimulators are recommended. Dry/droppers can be effective even when the lower Clarks Fork looks unfishable.

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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