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April 15, 2015 

Snow fell overnight. Temps are to be in the high 30's today,Wednesday, then warming again to the 50's and 60's on Thursday and remaining warm through the weekend. Great fly fishing conditions exist for BWO and midge action on the lower Shoshone today!!  

North Fork Anglers is on the water guiding guests and racking up good trout numbers on Float or Walk/Wade Trips this spring. Give us a call . 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.

East and West Newton, Hogan and Luce Lakes are fishing very well now. Midges are the hot flies now!!

The blue-winged olive 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 dry of choice softly, then set the hook!! Nymphs and streamers are working well, too.

Freestone rivers -- The North and South Fork of the Shoshone and the lower Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone are beginning to fish well now. Expect action to remain good - if not excellent - with the nice weather forecast through next week.  Flows are good on all three rivers.

Starting April 1st the Noth Fork will be closed from Gibbs Bridge to Newton creek untill July 1st.

Our spring hours for the shop. We are open Monday through Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and starting in April on Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. Our last fly tying class was Saturday. Be back again late fall.  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 always do our best to help make your fly fishing trip an ADVENTURE filled with life long memories!
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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.

Flows above the closure is approx 445 cfs. Water clarity is very good right now. Warm temperatures this weekend might color up the river. Fish big heavy stonefly nymphs deep. Leader up! The trout in the North Fork are hot this time of year. Fun, fun, fun. The North Fork closed to angling from the west end of Buffalo Bill Reservoir up the N.Fork to Newton Creek, April 1- July 1. Make a note so you avoid a Game and Fish violation!!

The annual closure on the North Fork of the Shoshone went into effect April 1. The closure is in force from the mouth of the river at Buffalo Bill Reservoir upstream to Newton Creek. Up river, above the closure, water clarity has improved greatly and the trout have been cooperating on big nymphs. 

The grizzlies are out on the North Fork with this unusually warm weather. Carry bear spray!!



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.





The fly fishing can be good to very good from midday through late afternoon, when  daytime temps hit the maximum. The flows are 167 cfs at Valley school as of this report. The South Fork is completely open and the trout have been very cooperative on the upper S. Fork. 

The fishing has been very good using small stonefly nymphs, or streamers. Dry action has been on March browns, blue winged olives, midges and winter stones. Browns, cutthroat and rainbows are the objects of desire. The warm temperatures forecast into next should light up the trout on this fun smaller version of the North Fork. 

Small (10-16) bead-head PT nymphs, copper Johns, hares ears, NF Specials and Prince nymphs will work well.  Our fly shop also has a full selection of big meaty streamers if you want to target the brown of a lifetime.

The grizzlies are out now. Carry 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...You can fish dry flies 12 months out of the year, when the conditions are right!.

The river is clear below the dam through the town of Cody. Some flushing has occurred that has clouded up the lower river, but the fishing remains very good, especially using dries or emergers that imitate BWO's and midges!!  Nymphing 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 every day, too.  This is the perfect time to be on the lower Sho-Sho(Shoshone). Water temps are in the 50's this week. Weather is to be in the 50's and even low 60's the next few days. Get out and enjoy the great fly fishing on the Shoshone tailwater. 

Flows in the lower Shoshone are on the rise this week. April 15th marks the date irrigation releases begin on the lower Shoshone River.

Flows are 755 cfs today. 



The flow on the Bighorn River near Thermopolis, WY 885 cfs. 

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 getting good action on the surface. Para Adams, Para BWO, sparkle duns, Griffith's gnats, etc. will catch trout when feeding on, or in, the surface.

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! 

Irrigation flows are scheduled for release later this week. Fish the Worm deep!!


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. 


 Water temps are beginning to impact angler success. Fish below the mouth of the canyon until late spring 2015.


Water quality is a bit funky right now due to some lower elevation snowmelt impacting Paint Creek. Fish above Paint Creek's confluence for better water conditions in the Clarks Fork. Hatches are sporadic - mostly  midges. Nymphs and streamers have been hooking some nice bows and browns on the lower Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Dry action is sporadic. Some bwo's, midges and winter stones are active. Late afternoon is the time to try fishing dries.

Try dropping PT nymphs, copper johns, hares ears, or lightning bugs 2-4 feet under an indicator for better action.  Flows are 375 cfs at the WY/MT border. Flows decrease as one drives up river to the Clarks Fork Canyon.



The lower part of the Clarks Fork Canyon is still accessible for fishing. Fishing will be slow to fair due to water temps. The best time of day is noon until the sun sets in the canyon around 4:40 or so.  




Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.

Sunlight Creek is fishing good to excellent 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.


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

Closed until Memorial Day, 2015

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

Closed until Memorial Day, 2015


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

Closed until 2015

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

Closed until 2015


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

Closed until 2015


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


Both lakes are fishing well.

Wooly buggers, chironomids, midge pupa and dries, scuds, small pt nymphs, and hare's ears are recommended. 


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

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