Hot Flies Specials
Hot Flies Specials
October 24, 2014
Clear skies and no rain has all the rivers and streams in good shape for great fall fishing. South Fork is fishing great. The Greybull and the Wood Rivers should continue to fish well through the fall. The Clarks Fork still has a lot of water and great clarity from Wyoming into Montana. Sunlight and Dead Indian are fun to fish this time of year using small dries.The Forcast is showing great weather for at least another week
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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.
The North Fork is starting to slow down after another great season. Most of the fish have migrated back to the lake were they will grow big and fat in anticipation for next springs run. For those willing to head up and wet a line you might a find some big cuttbows that aren't ready to head back to the lake or maybe a few big browns on their way up to spawn. Standard nymph rigs are the way to go but one might be so inclined to try a hopper or streamer to entice a fish.
Flows on the North Fork are 339 cfs
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 flows on the South Fork are dropping and the fishing is great!!!!! The flows are 196 cfs at valley school, perfect for wading.
The fishing has been very good using dries, nymphs, or streamers. We are still seeing some hopper action in the afternoon as well caddis and bwo's.
Browns, cutthroat and brook trout are the objects of desire.
Try using PT nymphs, copper johns, hares ears. We have a full selection of big meaty streamers if you want to target the brown of a lifetime.
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...You can fish dry flies 12 months out of the year, when the conditions are right!
As of October 15th the irrigation canal were shut down and we are anticipating the lower shoshone to be clearing more and more everyday. Flows are down as well. We have had fantastic luck on hopper dropper rigs using firebead sow bugs and san jaun worms. The bwo's are really popping and streamer action is getting better every minute. This is the perfect time to be on the lower cho-cho(shoshone).
Flows are 805 cfs today.
The flow on the Bighorn has been 885 cfs for almost a week now. Fall fishing has been great down there. Lots of baetis and caddis activity and the trout are still taking hoppers during the heat of the day.
BWO's, sowbugs, scuds, sj worms, pt nymphs, hares ear's, and streamers are all taking fish consistantly
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.
Water conditions are looking good this fall. Hatches are good. Lots of caddis, blue-winged olives and pale evening duns high-lighting the hatch action. Smaller hopper patterns - Wade's Horror or Ho Candy size 10 or 12 have been working well when the sun's high and bright. Attractors like the Royal Wulff or Royal Trude have also worked well, especially on the brook trout.
Flavs, PMD's, Gray drakes, caddis, yellow Sally's, hoppers, ants, beetles. Dropping smaller North Fork Specials, Prince nymphs, Pheasant Tails or Gold-ribbed Hare's Ears also work well.
Carry your bear spray!
The Clarks Fork is in great shape this fall. Higher than normal flows and mild day's have kept this angler and the trout extremely happy. Big Browns are becoming extremely predatory and this is definitly the time to catch the fish of a lifetime. The flows on the Clarks fork are 354 cfs at the WY/MT border.
The hopper action is still good in the afternoons. Try hangining some PT nymphs, copper johns, hares ears, or lightning bugs under a big dry fly for some good action. For those looking for big browns it's time to break out the nasty streamers. Don't forget your helmet and face mask.
This section of the Clarks Fork is now accessible but wade carefully if crossing. Hoppers and droppers working well. Hatches are caddis, pale morning duns and pale evening duns. The best flies to use have been Royal Trudes, elk hair caddis, PMD sparkle duns, Ho Candy and parachute Adams.
Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.
The creeks are clear, fishing is good. Wading can be difficult in places on Sunlight and Crandall Creeks, especially in the canyon stretches where the stream can't meander through side channels.
Caddis, gray drakes, Blue-winged olives and small hoppers, ants, beetles 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 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. Caddis, blue-winged olives, streamers, nymphs and mid-size hoppers are working.
Yellow Sally's, caddis, BWO's, PMD's, smaller hoppers, ants and beetles will catch the trout on top. Smaller bead-heads and or soft hackles working well below the surface.
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 out of the critical range now due to cooler weather.
Hatches: Midges, Callibaetis, caddis and damsel flies! Scuds, midge pupae, midge emergers and streamers are working well the rest of the time.
Fishing well with the same emergers, dries, nymphs and streamers at East or West Newton Lakes.
Ants, beetles and grasshoppers are also beginng to take trout. Water temps are in the low 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.