Water temps are falling quickly at Monster Lake, now called West Lake, since Kanye West purchased the property recently! The lake is fishing great although colder temps have changed the fishing methods. We are now fishing midge pupae and midge dries for best results. Leech and streamer patterns also working great now. Book your days through North Fork Anglers and SAVE $75 per rod fee for Self Guided fly fishing. Six weight and heavier fly rods are mandatory, as are leader and tippet – 3x or heavier! Barbless hooks. Contact North Fork Anglers (307-527-7274) or Mike Arnold (231-343-7303) for information on West Lake and to... View Article
The Bighorn flows have been dropping now that runoff has slowed down above Boysen Dam. Nymph fishing is the name of the game with some hopper and caddis action later in the day. CFS: 1112 – Clear! (approximate flow below Boysen Dam. Flow data not available every day.) Flies: Nymphs are still the most productive way to catch trout. San Juan Worms, Yum Yum, Small Pheasant Tails, Scuds, Sow Bugs, Yuk Bugs, Pats Rubber Legs, Jig-head nymphs. Midge pupa, wire worm, and streamer patterns. Leeches, wooly buggers and cone-head zonkers, muddlers or your favorite streamers are also taking trout from boats particularly.... View Article
Access the upper and middle canyon sections via Dead Man or Cardiac trail systems. Snow has created icy and slick conditions on the trails into the canyon. Caution is advised if entering the canyon access areas! The flows are good, water temps in low 30’s now. Bear spray recommended. 347 cfs (estimate at mouth of canyon) Blue wing olives and gray drakes are hatching. Peak hatch time now is 12-3 during the day. Nymphs and streamers are recommended if the trout are not feeding on the hatches.
Low water and wadeable in most places above Hurricane Mesa Ranch. The creek above and below Hurricane Mesa Ranch are fishing fair to good, depending on daytime temperatures. Smaller hoppers, ants and beetles are still effective as attractor flies. BWO’s and gray drakes are the insect hatches. As winter sets in and permanent snow falls, access to the creek is more difficult. Wade carefully and carry bear spray until the bears are safely tucked in their dens.
The South Fork of the Shoshone is a smaller version of the North Fork of the Shoshone, with more boulders and pocket water and less public access to BLM, State or USFS land. Hatches, inside the Shoshone National Forest, are waning and turning to fall/ winter flies, like blue winged olives and gray drakes. Be prepared for midges in slower runs. While hatches are highly variable, trout haven’t forgotten the heavy hatches of grasshoppers, ants, and beetles from late this summer and fall. Flow readings are in the Valley section, 30 miles from Cody. Pay attention. Public and private lands intersect.... View Article