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11/9/15



Rivers and streams around the Cody and NE corner of Yellowstone Park are in great shape and fishing great, as they should be this time of year! We'll do our best to stay on top of conditions.  Call or stop into the shop for the latest reports on water conditions and hatches before heading out. 

We are guiding on the Bighorn, Lower Shoshone, North and South Forks of the Shoshone, Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone and private water now. All are fishing great. If you have the itch to get out and fish, we are here to take you. North Fork Anglers has been assisting anglers with guided trips, gear, clothing and terminal tackle since 1984.

To book a guide, just give us a call 307.527.7274. North Fork Anglers is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm. We are closed on Sunday. You can always phone us 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!

Fish with North Fork Anglers, an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter/Guide/Retail operation. We also proudly carry Simms, Sage, Rio, Scientific Anglers, Ross, Lamson and more. We always do our best to help make your fly fishing trip an ADVENTURE filled with life long memories!
 




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 of the Shoshone is a migratory fishery and most of the fish have moved back down to Buffalo Bill Reservoir.  We have been getting reports that anglers are doing well fishing the public access sites from Wapiti bridge down to Gibbs bridge.  With the water temps going down your best bet for catching fish will be using nymphs under an indicator and fishing them on the bottom of the stream.  Hits will be subtle so set the hook whenever your indicator moves the slightest bit or changes speed.

Flies: North Fork Specials, Pats Rubber Legs, Halfbacks, Girdle Bugs, Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs, and Bloody Mary's

Flows: 304 cfs-up from a few days ago.


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 South Fork has been on fire this fall!!!!   The browns have been incredibly aggressive and are eating everything from streamers to dry flies.  The weather is changing and water temps are going down so fishing during the heat of the day is going to be your best bet.  I would start off the day fishing dry-dropper rigs or streamers.  If water temps are cold and the fish seem to be more lethargic than usual, fish nymphs deep and work every aspect of a good run.

Flies: Ants, beetles, small hoppers, Bwo's, midges, North Fork Specials, PT's, Hares ear, Copper Johns,  Buggers (all colors), Slump busters (all colors), JJ Specials, and all your favorite streamers

Flows: 129 cfs (valley School) down from yesterday  132 cfs (at Buffalo Bill Reservoir) up from yesterday



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!.

Flows are being reduced through Cody to Powell as irrigators shut down canals for the winter months. The lower river is looking great and the trout are responding well to nymphs fished deep or streamers. Dry action is spotty and midday on. Nymphing is always reliable on the "LoSho" and remains so as of this report. Float trips have been doing well fishing dry/droppers to the bank and dead drifting.

Water temps are in the mid-50's.

Flies: gray Ray Charles, black North Fork Specials, Soft hackle sowbugs, Prince Nymphs, Bloody Mary's, and and San Juan Worms fished deep. Medium sized streamers in olive, brown/yellow and/or black are moving fish as well!



Flows: 322 cfs up from yesterday  

 




BIGHORN RIVER/WIND RIVER/THERMOPOLIS AREA FISHING REPORT

I love fall fishing on this productive tailwater.  The water has dropped to the perfect level,  the moss is almost all gone, and the crowds are at a minimum.  The water temps on the Bighorn have cooled down to more reasonable levels for trout to thrive and we're seeing more happy trout than we see in the summer.  Don't forget this is the best time to catch some big fall spawning browns.  PLEASE don't step on reds or molest fish that are in the process of spawning.

Try fishing streamers with a sinking line or nymphs rigs set at mid to lower water column.  Be on the look out for rising fish sipping BWO's or midges.

Flies: Big articulated streamers, Buggers (All sizes and colors), JJ Specials, Crayfish patterns, San Jaun worms, Sow Bugs, Scuds, PT's, Midge Pupa,  Midge dries, BWO's.

Flows: 824 cfs same as yesterday





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

Cold weather has slowed the fishing down.  Try small nymphs under an indicator and fish the heat of the day.

LOWER CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT



The river is fishing good from the canyon to the state line. 

Like most of the rivers around the Cody area, The Clarks Fork is starting to slow down due to falling water temps.   Fishing should still be good on the warmer day's and during the heat of the day.  Big browns are showing their gnarly faces and are attacking streamers with reckless abandon.  Try fishing medium to large streamers or deep nymph rigs through the deeper runs and pools.  You should also see some surface action on BWO's and midges for little while longer.

Flies: Medium to large articulated streamers, Buggers (All sizes and colors),  JJ Specials,  Halfbacks, Girdle Bugs, Pats Rubberlegs, North Fork Specials, PT's,  Copper Johns, BWO's, Midges.  I would still be throwing beetles, ants, and hoppers on the warmer day's 

Flows: 380 cfs (MT/WY Border) down from yesterday



CANYON SECTION OF CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT



The lower part of the Clarks Fork Canyon is accessible for fishing via Cardiac and Deadman trails. 

Too cold and dangerous for this time of year

  
 

SUNLIGHT, DEAD INDIAN and CRANDALL CREEKS FISHING REPORT

Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.

These creeks are getting a little too cold for productive fishing.  Focus your efforts on the warmer day's with small nymphs and buggers.

 







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

 




YELLOWSTONE RIVER FISHING REPORT - Closed to angling until 7/16 in the Le Hardy Rapids area. Open below Yellowstone Falls, May 24, 2016.



Closed
 

 

YELLOWSTONE LAKE FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2016 



Closed



FIREHOLE / GIBBON / MADISON FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2016



Closed



 

LAMAR / SLOUGH CREEK / SODA BUTTE FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2016




Closed








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



Water temps have dropped and the trout are in great shape for catch and release fishing

The trout have finally lifted from the bottom of these lakes are cruising in the mid to upper water column.  You should also see the fish around the shore line making for some awesome sight fishing. 

Leeches, chironomids, midge pupa and dries, scuds, small PT nymphs, and hare's ears are recommended.  



LUCE RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT



Open and fishing better every day. Water conditions are excellent. 

Chironomid/midge pupa, hoppers, scuds, ants, beetles, pine squirrel leeches and bowtie midges have been taking trout regularly. 







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