Lower Clarks Fork

August 7, 2022 9:00 am

CFS:  Flows are 900 cfs leaving the Wild and Scenic Canyon area. 

The lower Clarks Fork  of the Yellowstone was one of the rivers that were hit by the “perfect storm” in northern Wyoming, YNP and southern Montana, June 12 and 13.  The river was completely changed (damaged) by the floods. Fishing is slow to fair. Access into the lower Wild and Scenic canyon is walk in only. The road, if we could ever call it that, was completely wiped out by the flood.

Fish stonefly nymph patterns behind rocks and other river obstructions. That is where the fish will be. Large Chubby Chucks or Stimulators are recommended. Dry/droppers rigs working fair to good. We suspect a good number of the trout were swept down river by the flood event and haven’t made their way up into the lower Clarks Fork area yet.

Recommended 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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