North Fork Shoshone River

May 25, 2020 8:30 am

The North Fork of the Shoshone is rated as one of the best freestone rivers in the northern Rocky Mtn West. The river fishes best March through the end of October.

Right now, the trout are showing up above Newton Creek to Pahaska.

Temperatures are climbing back into the 60’s, with some temps forecast to be in the 70’s. This is going to impact fishing on the North Fork due to increased flows and increased turbidity coming in from tributaries. At this time the North Fork is high and muddy West of Newton Creek.

We recommend stout fly rods – fast action 5-7 weights – right now. 1X-3X tippet recommended if you want to put one of these large trout into a net!!  Large bead head stonefly nymphs (sizes 4-10), Girdle bugs, Pat’s rubber legs, bloody Mary’s and Wade’s North Fork Special with black bodies and red, purple, or silver bead heads (sizes 6 through 14) are working extraordinarily well. Hatches have been good and until the river rose and went off color, the trout were rising to Chubby Chucks – purple or olive, Olive parachute Adams and H&L Variants.

The North Fork has an annual closure from Buffalo Bill Reservoir upstream to Newton Creek inside the Shoshone National Forest, April 1-July 1. Fishing is allowed west of Newton Creek while the rest of the river is closed to protect spawning native Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbows and cuttbows. REMEMBER – You have to be West of Newton Creek to be legal. Read your WY Game and Fish regulations, please!!

CFS: 2370 cfs


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