South Fork

July 27, 2020 11:30 am

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.

CFS: 583 cfs  Flow readings are in the South Fork Valley section, 30 miles from Cody.

Wading will be difficult in many places. Flows are still high and swift. Water quality through Valley on the upper S. Fork has improved enough to fish well but is still a glacier greenish gray. The river is loses clarity below the Valley section where irrigation returns hit the lower S. Fork (all private anyway) to Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

When the river clears, golden stones, caddis (late afternoon), green drakes (midday) and yellow Sallies are active. Dries – purple chubby Chucks, gold chubby’s, orange or yellow stimulator, yellow or tan Turck’s tarantula, parachute Adams. Size 6-10 for the dries!

Nymphs: Pat’s rubber legs brown or black, black girdle bugs, yuk bugs, larger North Fork Specials, tan or black, larger Prince nymphs. Trailer nymphs should be pheasant tails, smaller Prince nymphs, black or tan North Fork Specials, brown or gray soft hackles.

Streamers: woolly buggers, muddler minnows, zonkers and similar imitations size 2-10.


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