The East Lake and West Lakes are fishing fair. Water temps in the high 60’s on the both lakes now. East Newton is fishing fair except early morning or late in the evening. Trout numbers – rainbows, browns, tiger trout and splake – are down and the size of the lake has doubled which spreads out the trout. Access and parking is limited to the SW corner of the former parking lot. West Lake is also much more full compared to past years. Cutthroat are the only species of trout in the lake. Non native goldfish have been introduced into... View Article
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Water quality is good and the flows are now less dangerous. Access at Reef Creek and Deadman Creek areas or off Antelope Butte. Caution is STILL advised in some places if trying to cross in the swifter areas. Buddy up. Access into the canyon of the Clarks Fork requires a good heart, stout body, excellent wading skills, bear and mosquito repellent. Dries – royal trudes, royal Wullfs, stimulators, humpies, elk hair caddis, parachute Adams and Ho Candies (hoppers) for dries. Nymphs would be Pat’s rubber legs, black or tan North Fork Specials, Halfbacks, Prince nymphs, bloody Mary’s, and Bloom’s optic... View Article
Crandall has low but good water conditions and insect activity. A hike around private property is required to avoid private water. The canyon area down to the creek’s confluence with the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone is also a good bet in August. When fishing above N. Crandall, fish a hopper/dropper rig for consistent action. Also, the dry fly action can be good all day if fishing smaller hopper patterns or attractors like para Adams, trudes, Wulffs or coachmens. Other dries – yellow or orange stimulators, elk hair caddis, ants and beetles are good dries for the creek August through... View Article
Fish the Game and Fish access areas in Sunlight Basin above the canyon sections. Dry/droppers rigs or beadhead nymphs size 10-18 work well. Dries that are reliable are royal Wulffs, royal trudes, elk hair caddis, smaller stimulators, smaller hoppers like the Ho Candy or Wade’s Horror and parachute Adams – size 10 and smaller. Pack bear spray and insect repellent.
The Upper Clarks Fork (upstream from Painter Bridge to MT State line) main stem of the river is low but in great condition. Please do not try floating this section even in a kayak. There are waterfalls and dropoffs one cannot see from the road. Bead head nymphs size 8-18 are working well – North Fork Specials tan or black, prince, pheasant tail, copper John’s, zebra midges, hare’s ears and soft hackles all work. Dry fly action is best using attractor patterns such as elk hair caddis, parachute Adams, royal trudes or Wulffs, small yellow stimulators, ants, beetles and small... View Article