Access the upper and middle canyon sections via Dead Man or Cardiac trail systems. The flows are low enough now to fish now. Water is off color but should clear quickly if no more rains occur! Flows are SWIFT. Bear spray recommended. Caddis, green and grey drakes, golden stones and pale morning duns are the daytime hatches. Evening is tiny pale evening duns and green drake spinners. Some ant, hopper and beetle action, too. Bear spray is recommended as part of your fishing tackle.
Reports for Upper Clarks
High yet but wadeable in places above Hurrican Mesa. The canyon is swift and non-wadeable. Water is off color but should clear within a couple of days. Golden stones, caddis, pale morning duns, green drakes are hatching. Hopper patterns dropped with a size 10 and smaller nymph working best. 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 is in good shape now. Wading is still difficult below Crazy Creek and downstream. Water conditions are good above Pilot Creek. Below that, rain has impacted the upper Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Hatches are caddis, gray drakes and pale morning duns, with some larger golden stones and salmonflies still around. Ants and beetles are also on the river now. This is small trout water so downsize to size 10 hoppers, ants and stonefly dries. Small, size 12-20 bead headed nymphs dropped deep under a larger dry is recommended.
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 are giving anglers dry fly action on ants, beetles, midges, caddis and tiny pale evening duns.
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. Pack bear spray!