Dead Indian Creek is fishing okay through the campground. In the upper canyon, royal trudes, royal Wulffs, elk hair caddis and parachute Adams work well for searching patterns. Hoppers are also beginning to dominate. Water quality is low but good. Size 10-16 beadhead North Fork Specials, Prince nymphs and smaller Pat’s rubber leg nymphs advised. Stream cover is tight. Fish hoppers, but don’t surprised if you snag on a backcast or forward cast. Bear spray is essential when fishing this creek. Carry a loud whistle, too!!
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All the lakes on the Wyoming side of the Beartooth Mountains are fishing great. Enjoy! If going to the lakes past Top of the World, the road is in rough shape and traffic delays up to 30 minutes exist just before you get to Beartooth Lake. Dries will be Griffith’s gnats, elk hair caddis, small parachute Adams, ants, beetles, and royal trudes or Wulff’s. The streams up high are perfect for 1-4 weight fly rods. Tippet size 4-6X. For lakes – leeches, small buggers, soft hackle or bead-head nymphs should get action sub-surface. Pack bear spray and mosquito repellent. Both... View Article
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
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.
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