North Fork Shoshone River

July 12, 2021 9:00 am


Conditions: WARNING – The Wyoming Game and Fish fishery biologists are shocking the North Fork July 13-15, 2021 from below Eagle Creek all the way to Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

Fishing has been good to excellent, but the boat traffic is exceptionally high in the Wapiti Valley. Water quality below Sweetwater Creek has not been good so that creek has made for dirty water in the Wapiti Valley.

The trout are ‘hiding’ when the sun gets high and hot. Inside the Shoshone National Forest, wade fishing has been good.  Evening hours provide the better dry fly action, while nymphs and streamers are better mid-mornings through late afternoons.

Flies: Wet -Black North Fork Specials with silver, red, hot orange or purple bead heads,  size 6-12; Pat’s rubber legs, black stonefly nymphs6-10; Prince nymphs 8-12; soft hackle jigs sizes 10-14; black girdle bugs or bitch creek nymphs size 6-10 will work very well!

Dry – Chubby Chucks (gold, purple, tan, olive), Stimulators (orange or yellow), Hopper Carnage, Ho Candy (red, purple, yellow, orange), Natural Horrors, Turk’s tarantulas (tan, yellow, red) in sizes 6-12. Golden stones, large orange caddis and some mayflies are also being seen. Green drakes size 10-14, Orange, brown and olive elk hair caddis size 10-14. Purple Haze and Parachute Adams size 10-14.

NOTE — Private property laws apply when floating below the US Forest boundary through Wapiti Valley to Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Be prepared for encounters with land owners if not obeying the water laws.

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