Hot Flies Specials
Hot Flies Specials
August 15, 2014
Our apologies for not having a fishing report updated daily. If you don't see any changes to the report for a few days, it is because nothing has changed other than flows. We are up early to get guided trips out the door and very busy inside the fly shop. You can always phone us - 307-527-7274 - if you can't find a daily update. :-))
It looks like the Monsoons are never going to quit. Wyoming needs to send some of the extra moisture this summer to the West Coast which could use it!
The lower North Fork, South Fork, Greybull, Wood and the Clarks Fork are all effected by the afternoon and evening showers we have been getting lately. Most of these rivers and their tributaries have already begun to clear and should fish well by this weekend. If no more rains hit today, there is a lot of water to enjoy over the rest of the week!
The hatches are plentiful as well and the trout have been responding well to gray drakes, pale morning duns, caddis, Flav's and hopper patterns. especially inside Yellowstone Park. It is time to rock and roll.
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 always do our best to help make your fly fishing trip an ADVENTURE filled with life long memories!
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.
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.
Rains impacted the N. Fork Wednesday evening. Flows are good enough yet that clearing should occur quickly.
Yesterday's guided trips were outstanding on the North Fork. Clouds, cool temps and a slight drizzle had hatches popping off all day. Needless to say, it was an awesome dry fly day. The river today, Middle Creek and upper North Fork are off color making fishing difficult at best. Elks Fork, Fish Hawk and Eagle Creek are fishable
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.
Heavy thunder showers hit the Absaroka Mountains in the evening hours, 8/13.
The South Fork should clear quickly once the rain threat ends. The river has been fishing well when clear inside the Shoshone National Forest. is still pushing but does have good conditions from Valley upstream into the Shoshone National Forest.
Browns, cutthroat and brook trout are the objects of desire. The trout are looking up for hoppers, dray drakes, caddis and pale morning duns!
Don't forget your bear spray!!
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...We fish dry flies 12 months out of the year!
Water quality below the dam disappeared when heavy rains hit late Monday evening (8/10). Once the flush goes through, the trout should be feeding well again.
Fish are feeding along the edges of the fast water and in the flatter, longer runs.
Midges, Pale morning duns, yellow Sally's and caddis are hatching.
Big browns, cutthroat and rainbows!
The 'Horn' is fishing well. Flows increased again, which makes for interesting nymphing. Yesterday's trips whacked trout on dry flies when the cloud cover came with the rains. Awesome good for our guided trips is the report today!!
The trout can be caught using dries, nymphs and streamers.
Guided trips have been seeing some really nice bows, cutts and browns in the net!
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!
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.
Sorry to be redundant on the rains, but you asked for up-to-date info.
Rains hit the Absarokas Wednesday evening. The upper Clarks Fork was cloudy from Pilot Creek downstream.
Better water conditions exist above Pilot Creek to the WY/MT State line.
The hatches are the same as those on Slough Creek and the Lamar drainages inside Yellowstone - Flavs, PMD's, Gray drakes, caddis, yellow Sally's, hoppers, ants, beetles.
Cutthroat and brookies should be eating your flies once the rains quit today.
Carry your bear spray!
Caddis are all over the water, so are green drakes and PMD's.
Sunlight, Crandall and Dead Indian Creeks blew out from yesterday's storm which has impacted the lower Clarks Fork. If the rains ever stop in the NW corner of WY, the river should fish extremely well since no one has been able to fish the river as in past years.
This section of the Clarks Fork is now accessible but wade carefully if crossing. Hoppers and droppers working well.
Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.
Heavy rain hit the area Monday evening.
Once the creeks clear, the fishing should turn right back on. Wading can be difficult in places on Sunlight and Crandall Creeks.
Caddis, gray drakes, small hoppers, ants, beetles and PMD's are on the water.
Pack bear spray!!
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
Fishing well, especially on rusty spinners from Otter Creek upstream to the Le Hardy Rapids area. The cutthroat numbers are still down, but those being caught are fat as pigs!
Sight casting is better than broadcasting due to low numbers of trout in the river. Rusty spinners are working well, size 16-20.
Fish the open water near shore where the trout and lake trout will be cruising. Cast woolly buggers or leech patterns and strip back slowly for best results. Cutthroat are in the shallow water and back bays of the lake.
Cutthroat must be released. ALL lake trout caught in Yellowstone Lake MUST be KILLED!!
The Firehole, Gibbon and Madison are fishing well.
We have no report for the NW corner of YNP. We suspect the rains that hit this side of the Park also impacted Lamar and Soda Butte Creek.
All were fishing well before yesterday's storm.
Yellow Sally's, caddis, gray and green drakes, PMD's, smaller hoppers, ants and beetles.
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
Water temps are climbing into the low 70's. Please fish somewhere else - Luce, Hogan or Monster Lake would be better places to fish still water until mid-September, when water temps won't be stressing the trout. Big trout stress easily and expire even faster when water temps climb to the critical range!!!
Hatches: Midges, Callibaetis, caddis and damsel flies! Scuds, midge pupae, midge emergers and streamers are working well the rest of the time.
Open and fishing well with the same emergers, dries, nymphs and streamers at East or West Newton Lakes. Damsel fly nymphs have been the "secret" fly at Luce.
Ants, beetles and grasshoppers are also beginng to take trout. Water temps are in the mid-60's.
Fishing well. Streamers and nymphs best bet. Large native Yellowstone cutthroat swim in this popular still water. Midges, orange scuds, Callibaetis damsels, hoppers, ants and beetles are on the water now.
Carp are eating flies well.
Water quality and clarity has been very good for stalking the shallows in search of Mr. Bugle Lips. Crayfish and minnow patterns best for the carp. Black bunny streamers, or different colored Slump Busters have been takng the trout - brown and cutthroat.
The lakes and creeks that feed or drain them are fishing well. Smaller flies recommended - ants, beetles, parachute Adams, elk hair caddis on top. Smaller leech patterns or bead head nymphs below the surface.