The Beartooth Scenic Highway road is open in entirety now to Red Lodge, MT. Access to the lakes is easy and no closures on roads to Red Lodge or Cooke City except at Beartooth Lake where road construction continues and 20 minute delays can be expected. Access to the NE part of Yellowstone via Cooke City is verboten.
Lakes are fishing well to a mix of dries, wet flies and smaller streamers on lakes and the feeder streams between lakes. Brook, rainbow, cutthroat and lake trout are found in many of these lakes. Size is 6-14 inches most of the time except for lake trout in Beartooth Lake.
Pack mosquito and bear repellent as well as good polarized sunglasses and sunscreen.
Dry flies that work well are Royal Wulff, Royal Trudes, humpies, elk hair caddis, parachute Adams, Irresistibles, micro chubby, ants, beetles and small stimulator patterns. size 12- 18 is typical.
Wet flies: soft hackle bloody Mary, partridge and brown, partridge and peacock, Prince nymph, pheasant tails and hare’s ears.
Streamers: small leech and woolly bugger patterns – black, olive, brown, white.
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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