Access via the lower and middle canyon sections via Dead Man or Cardiac trail systems. Snow has created icy and slick conditions on the trails into the canyon at Cardiac and Dead Man. Caution is advised if entering the canyon access areas from the top! Better access on Hwy 294 to the lower canyon. The flows are above normal for November. Water temps in low to mid 30’s now. Bear spray recommended although activity seems to be waning in regard to bears. Midges, Blue wing olives and small caddis are hatching but not in enough numbers to spur a... View Article
Reports for Upper Clarks
Low water and wadeable in most places above Hurricane Mesa Ranch. The creek above and below Hurricane Mesa Ranch are fishing fair to good, depending on daytime temperatures. Smaller hoppers, bwo’s, ants and beetles are still effective dry flies. Nymphs and smaller streamers are recommended for best results. The North Fork Special, size 10 and smaller is the go-to bead head on Crandall. As winter sets in and permanent snow falls, access to the creek becomes more difficult. Wade carefully and carry bear spray until the bears are safely tucked in their dens some time in December.
The Upper Clarks Fork (upstream from Painter Bridge to MT State line) is in good shape now, with low, cold water conditions. On warm days, hatches are bwo’s and midges. The river was still open and very fishable up to Fox Creek as of November 9, 19. Smaller brook and rainbow trout abound. Size 16 and smaller dries and bead head nymphs recommended for this time of year.
Water temps are quickly dropping and some lakes have begun to ice over. Getting a boat launched would be impossible in most Beartooth lakes now. Beartooth Pass has already closed for the winter. The lakes on the Wyoming side are fishing well – if you can get to them easily! Small leeches and stripped bead head nymphs, like soft hackle Prince and Bloody Mary are working from shore. Some dry action can be had after lunch time but it is a narrow window now. No dry fly action seen.
Fish above the canyon for easier access. Water temps are cold until late in the day. Action slow to fair. Fish beadhead nymphs size 10 and smaller in the pools and deeper runs. Trout are scattered and few in number as one moves up the creek. Little Sunlight Creek is also open and fishable at this posting. Trout are small brook trout with some Yellowstone cutthroat. Pack bear spray!