Dead Indian Creek is coming down. Flows are still quick in places. Water quality is clear in the mornings, some cloudiness in the afternoons due to continued snowmelt. Avoid the canyon area for the time being because getting around will be dangerous. Size 10 and 12 beadhead North Fork Specials, Prince nymphs and smaller Pat’s rubber leg nymphs advised. Some golden stones and caddis flying around. Stream cover is tight. Fishing dries can be fun 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!!
Reports for Upper Clarks
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 there will be delays in places where road work is going on. Bear Creek is high but will fish well with dries or dry/dropper rigs. For lakes – leeches, small buggers and nymphs should get action sub-surface. Dries will be Griffith’s gnats, small parachute Adams, ants, beetles, caddis and royal trudes or Wulff’s. Beartooth Creek and Lake Creek will be the same. Pack bear spray and mosquito repellent.... View Article
The Upper Clarks Fork (upstream from Painter Bridge to MT State line) main stem of the river is dropping in flow and much more fishable. The upper river is still swift and difficult to wade in many places once you get below Crazy Creek. Please do not try floating this section even in a kayak. There are waterfalls and dropoffs one cannot see from the road. Above Crazy Creek, the river is much easier to navigate for wade fishermen. Bead head nymphs size 8-14 are working well. There is dry fly action on attractor patterns such as large royal trudes,... View Article
Fish the Game and Fish access areas in Sunlight Basin above the canyon sections. The canyon is still too heavy to wade easily or safely. Again, access above the Game and Fish cabins above the canyon area is recommended. Dry/droppers rigs or beadhead nymphs size 10 and smaller work well. Dries that are reliable are royal Wulffs, royal trudes, elk hair caddis, smaller stimulators and parachute Adams size 10 and smaller. Pack bear spray and insect repellent. Road access is closed past Little Sunlight Creek on the upper part of the creek due to bear activity until mid-July.
Crandall is going down and fishing pretty good now. It’s still moving quickly but water quality is decent enough to fish and wade around successfully. You will need to hike a mile above North Crandall Creek to avoid private water. Below N. Crandall there is private property where trespassing is enforced. The canyon area down to the creek’s confluence with the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone is still gnarly and mostly whitewater. When fishing, wade carefully and fish a dry/dropper rig. Small #8-#12 yellow or orange stimulators, royal Wulffs, royal trudes, elk hair caddis and parachute Adams are good dries... View Article