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 5/24/15

North Fork Anglers is on the water guiding guests and racking up good trout numbers on Float or Walk/Wade Trips this spring.
We are guiding on the Bighorn, Lower Shoshone, North and South Forks of the Shoshone and private water!

If you have the itch to get out and fish, we are ready to take you. North Fork Anglers has been here to help with guided trips, gear, clothing and terminal gear since 1984. To book a guide, just give us a call 307.527.7274. 


The blue-winged olive and Caddis hatch is getting heavier on the Lower Shoshone and Bighorn River tail waters. Dry fly anglers should see lots of action the next few weeks. Look for heads, land your compara-dun or Peacock Caddis softly, then set the hook!! Nymphs and streamers are working well, too.

North Fork Anglers is open Monday through Sunday, 8 am to 8 pm. You can always phone us - 307-527-7274 - for up to the minute fishing conditions and reports. 

North Fork Anglers offers Guided Float or Walk/Wade Trips every month of the year. Reserve your guide now and enjoy the solitude and superb fly fishing found on the East side of Yellowstone!


We have been here to assist your fly fishing needs (flies, clothing, tackle, gear, instruction and guided trips) since 1984. Fish with North Fork Anglers, an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter/Guide/Retail operation. We also proudly carry Simms, Sage, Rio, Sc. Anglers, Ross, Lamson and more. 

We always do our best to help make your fly fishing trip an ADVENTURE filled with life long memories!
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SHOSHONE RIVER

The Shoshone River is an overlooked jewel offering lots of fine fishing opportunities. The North Fork, South Fork, and Lower Shoshone provide anglers with miles of river to wade or float for wild rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.



NORTH FORK of the SHOSHONE FISHING REPORT

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The North Fork is a freestone river that originates high in the Absaroka Mountains on the East side of Yellowstone National Park. This river is noted for its outstanding Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbow and cutt-bow fishery. The North Fork is open from Buffalo Bill State Park all the way to Yellowstone's East Gate.

Flows at Wapiti are 1990 cfs.  The North Fork has risen considerably overnight but their is still a good chance that the stretch above Newton Creek is clear and fishable.   Yesterday's guided trips did really well using big stonefly nymphs.


The trout in the North Fork are hot this time of year. Fun, fun, fun. The North Fork is closed to angling from the west end of Buffalo Bill Reservoir up to Newton Creek, April 1 - July 1. Make a note so you avoid a Game and Fish violation!! 

The grizzlies and black bears are out on the North Fork. Be cautious, and carry bear spray!!
 


SOUTH FORK of the SHOSHONE RIVER REPORT

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The South Fork is a freestone river that flows into Buffalo Bill Reservoir from the SW. Most of the river is private water with limited angler access until the Shoshone Forest Boundary near Valley. 

 

 




SOUTH FORK OF THE SHOSHONE FISHING REPORT

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The fly fishing can be good to very good from midday through late afternoon, when daytime temps hit the maximum. The flows are 1970 cfs where the South Fork meets Buffalo Bill Reservoir and 1150 cfs at Valley school as of this report.   The South Fork has risen considerably the past few days and is off color and running hard.


The fishing has been very good using stonefly nymphs or streamers.  Dry fly action mid-day can be great when the conditions are right..  We were even catching fish with big attractor patterns early this week!!  March browns, blue winged olives, midges and winter stones are the hatches.

Browns, cutthroat and rainbows are the objects of desire. 

The grizzlies and black bears are out now. Carry bear spray!


 



LOWER SHOSHONE FISHING REPORT

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The Lower Shoshone is an overlooked jewel in the fly fishing community. Offering ample fishing access and eager trout the river is must for the fly fishing enthusiast. This is one of the only rivers in the Rocky mountains you can fish year around due to the influence of the hot springs trickling in above town but here's the real kicker...You can fish dry flies 12 months out of the year, when the conditions are right!.

The river is dirty below sulfur creek through the town of Cody. Flows are increasing for the irrigation season.  The fly fishing will remains good, if not excellent, once the river clears. Especially using dries or emergers that imitate BWO's and midges!! Mothers Day Caddis are thick on the Shoshone right now and it's definitely worth your time to head out to the river in the evening for some great action on caddis dries.  Nymphing is always reliable on the "LoSho" and remains good, too. Best success has been with firebead sow bugs, snow cone midges, black North Fork Specials and San Juan Worms fished deep. 

Streamer action is consistently good, as well. Water temps are in the mid-50's. Weather is to be in the 50's and 60's through the rest of the week. Get out and enjoy the great fly fishing on the Shoshone tailwater. 

Flows are 852 cfs today. Don't try to wade to the other side now! 

 




BIGHORN RIVER/WIND RIVER/THERMOPOLIS AREA FISHING REPORT

The flow on the Bighorn River near Thermopolis, WY is 2010 cfs

The flows on the Bighorn river have been stable for the past few day's and the fishing is getting back to normal.  Time to get out there and try you favorite tailwater patterns.

Fish with sowbugs, midge larvae, aquatic worms, leeches or streamers for consistent hookups on the Bighorn in the Thermopolis area. Midge and BWO activity is now providing dependable action on the surface. Para Adams, Para BWO, sparkle duns, Griffith's gnats, etc. will catch trout when feeding on, or in, the surface. Some of our anglers even had success using Ho Candy's on the 'Horn, May 1. Now that is exciting news!! 

North Fork Anglers has provided guided trips on the Bighorn River since 1984, which gives us a 'leg up' on any other guide service offering guided trips. Book now to reserve a guide and float date! 


 





CLARKS FORK of the YELLOWSTONE RIVER

Fed by a hundred, or more, glacial lakes draining the Beartooth Plateau, the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone is a fly fisherman's dream river. The Clark's Fork has three distinct sections, each fish differently and each section has its own personality, requiring fly fishermen to change tactics on each section in order to keep the rod bent and the reel singing. 





UPPER CLARKS FORK of the YELLOWSTONE FISHING REPORT

Fishing has been slow to fair. The river is rising due to large amounts of rain recently.

LOWER CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT



Water quality is going down while flows are going up. Looks like runoff is going to be early compared to the past several years.

Water quality is somewhat better above Paint Creek's confluence to the Clarks Fork. Hatches are sporadic - Bwo's, March browns, golden stones. Nymphs and streamers have been hooking some nice bows and browns on the lower Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. 

Try large (#4-#8) stonefly nymphs, copper johns, hares ears, or lightning bugs under an indicator for better action.  Flows are 2740 cfs at the WY/MT border and rising.  This is a thousand cfs higher than it was a few days ago so don't count on this fantastic fishery to be clear.


 



CANYON SECTION OF CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT



The lower part of the Clarks Fork Canyon is still accessible for fishing. Fishing will be slow to fair due to water quality. 
  

 

SUNLIGHT, DEAD INDIAN and CRANDALL CREEKS FISHING REPORT

Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.

Sunlight Creek has been fishing well using bead-head nymphs size 10-16. Pink sowbugs, size 16,  have been landing some fat brook trout this week. 
Crandall and Dead Indian Creeks are still slow to fair fishing. 
We expect to see all these creeks swell with runoff with the warm weather this week. Exercise caution when wading and carry your bear spray! 
 







YELLOWSTONE PARK

Enjoy spectacular scenery and great fishing on the Lamar River, Soda Butte Creek, Slough Creek, the Yellowstone River, and Yellowstone Lake. View Yellowstone Fishing Reports

Open to fishing!!!




YELLOWSTONE RIVER FISHING REPORT - Closed to angling until 7/15 in the Le Hardy Rapids area. Open below Yellowstone Falls, May 24, 2014.



Open to fishing below Yellowstone Falls!!!!

 

YELLOWSTONE LAKE FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2015 





Closed until June 20, 2015



FIREHOLE / GIBBON / MADISON FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2015



Open to fishing!!!

 

LAMAR / SLOUGH CREEK / SODA BUTTE FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2015



Open to fishing!!!








LAKES and RESERVOIRS

Fishermen preferring all types of angling tactics have discovered the treasures found in the high plains lakes of the eastern Rockies. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has stocked many of these with a variety of trout - browns, rainbows, cutthroat and splake. Due to the mineral content of the mountainous soils, the water in these lakes are rich with aquatic insects and crustaceans which translates into good to trophy sized trout in many of the lakes. For the fly fisherman, this also translates into a rod-bending great time. More Info on Lakes and Reservoirs. View Lakes and Reservoirs Fishing Reports




EAST and WEST NEWTON LAKES FISHING REPORT



Both lakes are fishing great.

Wooly buggers, chironomids, midge pupa and dries, scuds, small PT nymphs, and hare's ears are recommended. Callibaetis are emerging now. The trout are eating the adult, emerger and nymphs usually sometime between 11-2.  Damsels should be coming soon!  Be on the look out for adults as temperatures rise.  Strip nymphs slow and deep.



LUCE RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT



Open and fishing better every day.
Chironomid/midge pupa, Callibaetis, scuds, and bowtie midges.







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