South Fork

October 20, 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: 279 cfs  Flow readings are in the South Fork Valley section, 30 miles from Cody.

Fishing is good in the Valley area and also inside the Shoshone National Forest. Public access areas near Castle Rock and Bear Creek are also fishing good. Water quality is better than the North Fork. Once the runoff cycles through, water quality should return to excellent.

Private water laws apply on the South Fork as on the North Fork. Floating is 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 –  Epoxy stone, Pat’s rubber legs, girdle bugs, bead head or regular Prince, copper Johns, hare’s ear or peacock soft hackles. Sizes #8-16.

Dries – Natural Horrors (#8-#12), Panty dropper Hoppers (#10),  Dave’s Hoppers (#6-12), royal trudes (#8-14),  elk hair caddis (#12-#18)

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


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