The Clarks Fork Canyon section is high and swift and not yet clear. It will better to wait until the runoff is over sometime in mid to late July to access the upper and middle canyon sections via Dead Man or Cardiac trail systems.
Reports for Upper Clarks
High but fishable – somewhat. Flows are big. Visibility 20 inches. We recommend larger bead head nymphs fished along the edges early in the day for best results. Wade carefully and carry bear spray.
The Clarks Fork above Crandall Creek has higher water volumes again. Water clarity is not bad. Flows are swift so fish the edges. Wading is not recommended yet. If in the upper Clarks Fork area, going to the Beartooth Lakes (lots of them) for action is recommended. Smaller nymphs and streamers work great in the lakes.
Beartooth lakes are plentiful above 8500 feet along Highway 212 to Red Lodge, Montana. The lakes on the WY side are beginning to fish great. Small leeches and stripped bead head nymphs, like soft hackle Prince and Bloody Mary are working. Warming temps should eliminate ice in the lakes above Top of the World soon, giving anglers more opportunities to fish.
Sunlight Creek has been clear in the mornings, going out in the afternoons. Flows are up due to increasing ambient temps and wading can be dangerous in places. Fish beadhead nymphs size 10 and smaller in the pools and deeper runs. Attractor dries such as royal trudes, royal Wulffs and parachute Adams are good dry fly choices. Little Sunlight Creek is clear and fishable. Trout are small brook trout with some Yellowstone cutthroat. The bear gate on the road beyond Sunlight campground is closed due to bear traffic.