South Fork

June 23, 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.

CFS: 1920 at Valley

Flow readings are in the South Fork Valley section, 30 miles from Cody. The S. Fork is still high and pretty much brown from Valley down river to Buffalo Bill Reservoir. The heat is still bringing down the last of the high country snow. Fish nymphs or streamers for best results the rest of this week.

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.

Flies: Wet – tan or black North Fork Specials size 8-14 work very well when the river is in good shape, 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 #8-18.

Dries – Midges, small para Adams, purple haze, Griffith’s gnats.

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


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