South Fork

September 9, 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: 297 cfs  Flow readings are in the South Fork Valley section, 30 miles from Cody.

Fishing is great in the Valley area and also inside the Shoshone National Forest. Public access areas near Castle Rock and Bear Creek also fishing good. Water quality is excellent down to Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Private water laws apply on the South Fork as on the North Fork. Floating is about over for another year.

Flies: Wet – tan or black North Fork Specials size 10-14 are working very well, especially the black bodied red or purple tungsten bead versions! Other wet flies that are working in size 6-16 –  Fat bastard, Epoxy stone, double beaded stones, Pat’s rubber legs, girdle bugs, bead head or regular Prince, copper Johns, hare’s ear or peacock soft hackles.

Dries – Tan, purple or gold chubby Chucks (#6-12), Wade’s Ho Candy Yellow or Purple (#8-#12), gray drake and or royal Wulffs (#10-16), parachute olive or gray (#14), Natural Horrors (#8-#12), Panty dropper Hoppers (#10),  Dave’s Hoppers (#$-12), yellow Stimulators (#8-#16), yellow or red humpies (#10-#16), royal trudes (#8-14), yellow Sally’s (#16), elk hair caddis (#12-#18)

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


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