South Fork

January 5, 2021 9:00 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.

Should you want an immediate update on flows, water quality, hatches, fly suggestions, we advise you call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for that. We also suggest and recommend that you do the same for the 2022 Guided Trip season to reserve dates and guides. We are already getting bookings for late spring and summer trips in 2022. If  you have your dates picked out, we urge you to get a deposit made as soon as possible so you don’t miss the chance to float or walk/wade Cody/Bighorn area rivers and streams. 

CFS: 108 at Valley (30 miles from Cody) 172 where the river dumps into Buffalo Bill Reservoir 

Flows are low but the fly fishing has been fair in the South Fork Valley section. There is ice that has covered the river in places, wade carefully. Colder water temps have slowed down the action this week. Trout have been responding well to the flies listed below.

Flies: Wet – tan or black North Fork Specials size 12-14 work very well when the river is not frozen, especially the black bodied red or purple tungsten bead versions! Other wet flies that are working – Bead head or regular Prince, copper Johns, bloody Mary, PT’s, gold ribbed hare’s ear, and gray or peacock soft hackles. Sizes #10-18.

Dries – Water and air temps are cold. Some midges out but fishing nymphs, soft hackles or streamers are recommended during the winter months.

Streamers: Peanut Envy, mini Peanuts, woolly buggers, muddler minnows, Zonkers and similar imitations size 2-10. Tan, Olive, black, white.

Private water laws apply on the South Fork as on the North Fork — No access below the high water line on private property. When floating, dropping anchor or laying up on rocks is verboten.

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