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December 19, 2014  

Mid December brings a slow down to the BWO's until some time in early January. Hatches on tailwaters now are primarily midges. Trout key on these insects early mornings, midday and late afternoon. Water quality and flows on the Shoshone and Bighorn River (WY) tail water fisheries have been very good. In a few words, the fly fishing has been outstanding when we are between storms, or the temps are above freezing --- like this week!! 

Flows on the North and South Forks have been dropping steadily now that winter conditions are here. Fishing on freestone's (waters without a dam on them) has slowed to peak times (noon-4) during the day. The South Fork fishes better than the North Fork when winter conditions prevail.
 
Our winter hours for the shop. We are open Monday through Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday. Free Fly Tying Classes are offered every Saturday, 9-Noon.  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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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.

The North Fork is done for 2014. Most of the fish have migrated back to the lake were they will grow big and fat in anticipation for next spring's run. We look forward to guiding you next spring through fall on this fabulous free stone river.

Flows on the North Fork are 243 cfs 


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 flows on the South Fork are holding steady. The fly fishing can be good to very good from midday through late afternoon, when  daytime temps hit the maximum. The flows are 149 cfs at Valley school, 159 cfs where the S. Fork enters Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

The fishing has been very good using nymphs, or streamers. Midges are the primary insects active. Browns, cutthroat, rainbows and brook trout are the objects of desire.

Try using  small bead-head PT nymphs, copper Johns, hares ears, NF Specials and Prince nymphs for better results during winter months.  We also have a full selection of big meaty streamers if you want to target the brown of a lifetime.


 



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 holding at its winter flows now. We have had fantastic success lately using firebead sow bugs and San Juan worms fished deep.  The midges are hatching, too, for the anglers wanting dry fly action. Streamer action is getting better every day, too.  This is the perfect time to be on the lower Sho-Sho(Shoshone).

Water temps are in the high 40's. Weather is to be cool with no storms expected until this coming weekend. Sunday looks to be the snow day in Cody. Fishing should be productive if you use bead-heads fished deep or swinging a streamer. Hatches have been sparce this week on the Shoshone tail water. Trout have been keying on midges  but the action is sporadic now. 

Flows are 415 cfs today. 

 




BIGHORN RIVER/WIND RIVER/THERMOPOLIS AREA FISHING REPORT

The flow on the Bighorn is 911 now. Fall fishing has been great on the Wyoming section of the Bighorn River. Midges are the primary insects active. Expect better action fishing sowbugs, aquatic worms, leeches or streamers for consistent hookups on the Bighorn in the Thermopolis area.

Temps are forecast to be in the 30's this week and coming weekend, with winds out of the SW 7-12 mph. 

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

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

LOWER CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT





The Clarks Fork is in great shape this fall.  Higher than normal flows have kept anglers and the trout extremely happy.  Big Browns are becoming predatory and this is definitely the time to catch the fish of a lifetime.  The flows on the Clarks fork are 420 cfs at the WY/MT border.

Hatches are about over until late December, early January on the lower Clarks Fork. Try hanging some PT nymphs, copper johns, hares ears, or lightning bugs under an indicator for better action.  For those looking for big browns or fall run rainbows, now is the time to break out the double jointed streamers!!  


The river has lost its ice with all the warm weather last week. The Clarks Fork should fish well through this week. Winds and snow predicted for the weekend.



CANYON SECTION OF CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT



The lower part of the Clarks Fork Canyon is still accessible for fishing. Water temps are dropping quickly in the canyon due to the extensive shade the canyon creates.  

Fishing might be finished for 2014 in the Clarks Fork Canyon.  

 

SUNLIGHT, DEAD INDIAN and CRANDALL CREEKS FISHING REPORT

Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.

The fishing is over for the winter on these three tributaries of the upper Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Deep snow and low water temps will work against the angler now. Fish these streams in 2015 once the snow has begun to melt again.







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

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








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



With the latest winter storm bringing sub-zero temps to WY, both these lakes will remain frozen until some time in March, 2015. 



LUCE RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT



Frozen! Fish next year in March for better results.







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