South Fork

July 11, 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: 492 at Valley

Flow readings are in the South Fork Valley section, 30 miles from Cody as of July 3, 2021. The S. Fork Bureau of Reclamation gauge has been fixed so we have an actual reading for the South Fork now.

Water quality is good in the SF Valley. Water flows drop and water quality lessens as the river’s water is taken for irrigation at Lakeview and other irrigation ditches and the return flows to the river are warm and off-color nearer to Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

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 – Hoppers, chubby Chucks, Ho Candy’s, para Adams, purple haze, elk hair caddis and stimulators.

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


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