Fishing Reports

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, 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday’s, 9 am to 5 pm. 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!

Fishing Report


Warm weather has moved back into our region and the local rivers are muddy once again.  There is a possibility of fishing cleaner water in the early mornings and fishing up higher.  A small cold weather front is expected to hit our region starting tomorrow.  This might clear our rivers for a few day’s over the weekend.

Go have fun on your own, or book a guided trip with North Fork Anglers.

North Fork Anglers has the flies, leaders, tippets, clothing and fly fishing gear to make each fishing trip a memorable one. Swing by our fly shop and get the latest hot fly or the best way to fish comfortably during the winter months.

Good fly fishing to everyone this week! We are happy to there is now more water to float, wade and fly fish.

North Fork of the Shoshone Report

The North Fork of the Shoshone is rated as one of the Top 10 Freestone Rivers in the Rockies. Large native Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbow, cuttbow, brown trout and whitefish inhabit the river. Seasonal closures are in effect on the North Fork of the Shoshone, April 1-July 1, to protect spawning trout. The closure does not apply West from Newton Creek, about 35 miles West from the Cody and North Fork Anglers.

Warmer weather has caused runoff to begin.

The river closed in Wapiti Valley April 1 from Buffalo Bill Reservoir to Newton Creek.

Flows: 2400 cfs  — Closed from Gibbs Bridge to Newton Creek campground

Water Quality: Clear above Newton Creek

Hatches: March Browns and Skwalla’s (spring stonefly).

Flies: North Fork Specials, Pat’s Stones, Girdle Bugs, Yuk Bugs, Halfbacks, Bitch Creek and Pepperoni for the “big ugly’ nymphs. Size 8 and smaller North Fork Specials, Prince nymphs, Purple bead jig Prince, Red bead jig Prince, Copper John and Bloody Mary. The time has come to fish the N. Fork!



The South Fork of the Shoshone is SW from the town of Cody. Its is currently high and dirty….. but still fish-able if you can find public access.


Trout and whitefish size averages 15 inches for brown or cutthroat trout. Brook trout are generally half that size. The South Fork is a highly trafficked grizzly bear area. Travel in pairs when fishing anywhere on the South Fork!

Recommended Flies: Go deep for best success: Rubber legged stonefly nymphs or Girdle bugs, North Fork Specials, PT’s, Hares ear, Copper Johns, Buggers (all colors), Slump busters (all colors), JJ Specials, or your favorite streamer pattern – woolly buggers, Red Death, and Zonkers. Dries will be midges and adult Skwalla stonefly patterns: Horrors, Olive Chubby Chucks, Skwalla stone, Stimulators, size 8 and 10.

Flows: 876 cfs (at Valley School, 30 miles from Cody)

Water Quality: 1-2 feet visibility above valley school



Lower Shoshone Report

The Lower Shoshone, or Lo Sho if a local, is a great fishery for rainbows, browns and native cutthroat and off the radar compared to other tail waters better known in the USA. Large trout, easy access and great conditions most of the year, this river is worth spending time fishing. The tail water begins below Buffalo Bill Dam and fishes very well downstream to the Corbett Bridge Access Area, east from the town of Cody.

Recommended Flies: gray Ray Charles, black North Fork Specials, Soft hackle fire bead sowbugs, Prince Nymphs, Bloody Mary’s, and and San Juan Worms fished deep. Medium sized streamers in olive, brown/yellow and/or black are catching trout, too!

Flows: 5536 cfs.  

Water Condition today: Clear and very fishable in town.  Dirty from Cottonwood Creek downstream. The flows are extremely high for wading so use extreme caution. Fishing the edges and the less swift parts of the river are producing trout.

Visibility: 6″- 1  foot

Bighorn/Wind River Fishing Report

The river has been is extremely high and fast. Be cautious if you do decide to test your luck on this water.

Flies: Big articulated streamers – Black White, Gray, Olive, Buggers (All sizes and colors), JJ Specials, Crayfish patterns – rusty orange best, San Juan worms, Sow Bugs, Scuds, PT’s, Rainbow warriors, North Fork Specials.

Dries: Griffith’s Gnat, Parachute Adams, Sparkle Dun, Compara-dun. Go gray or medium olive for the BWO imitations. Midge Pupa, Midge dries, BWO dries, RS2, Bow-tie midge, FRM’s — all good fished in the film or fairly shallow sub-surface.

Flows: 7000 cfs  

Water Conditions: High and swift.

Book a guided trip on the ‘Horn’. We have been guiding the river and are ready to see you lift some big bows and browns to the net! Last week’s guided trips on the ‘Horn’ produced several rainbows and browns that pushed the tape close to 26 inches. Healthy and strong, wouldn’t you agree?


Lower Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone Report

Wyoming’s first Federally designated Wild and Scenic River, the lower Clark’s Fork is a fun river to fish. Easily accessed it fishes well from a boat or wading. Hatches are way early this year, but that means anglers can have fun that much earlier than last year.

Dirty from snow melt.

Flows near Edelweiss: 3630 cfs

Water Quality: Trying to clear above Edelweiss.

Canyon of the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone Report

Unsafe to access trails due to snow and ice.

Upper Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone Report

Runoff has started. Try fishing in the mornings for best results

 Sunlight Creek Report

Where there is open water to be found, brookies can be caught on small bead-headed nymphs or small dark woolly buggers.

 Crandall Creek Report

Access is still difficult due to snow and ice shelves along the creek. Crandall Creek will not be safe to fish until April, early May.

 Dead Indian Creek Report

Mostly frozen and tough to negotiate due to drifted snow.



East Newton Lake Report

New regs at East Newton Lake for 2017. Read them!!

East Newton Lake fishing very well! Anglers can now go have fun at this popular trophy lake.

Flies: Woolly buggers, Prince nymphs, CDC leeches, Damsel Nymphs, Callibaetis Nymphs,  midge pupae and scuds are working at the lake.

West Newton Report

Fishing fairly well for Yellowstone cutthroat. East Newton is fishing better.

Use the same flies recommended for East Newton Lake.


Luce Report

Luce is ice free. Fishing has been great since the ice melted. Use size 10 and smaller bead-head nymphs such as Pheasant Tails, Hare’s ears, Prince, Copper Johns, larger midge pupae patterns and/or small streamer patterns. Have fun!!

Hogan Report

Open and ice free. The same flies recommended for Luce work well at this sister reservoir.  Woolly buggers, Zonkers, Slump Busters and CDC Leeches.

Monster Lake Report

Monster is ice free as of last Friday. FINALLY!! About 10 anglers were on the lake Friday and ripped up those big rainbows using soft hackles, Denny Rickard’s lake patterns, woolly buggers and halfbacks.

This is a pay to play lake, but well worth the rod fees! The roads leading to Monster are dry and navigable too. Book a guide or fish on your own. Take 6 weight or larger fly rods, with floating and sinking lines on your fly reels. 0X-2X tippet is required to land one of the monsters at Monster Lake!


Yellowstone National Park Report

The fishing is closed until Memorial Day Weekend, 2017.