North Fork Anglers does sell 3 Day, 7 Day and Annual Yellowstone Park fishing licenses for your convenience, as well as Wyoming Game and Fish Resident and non-Resident Daily and Annual Fishing Licenses.
We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages since mid-July. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers has had one of the busiest guided trip and in-the-fly-shop tourist season EVER!
So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept the doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.
Even though the waters have been the lowest seen since 1996, the fishing has been very good. Water temps have been in the comfort zone for trout and these are dropping again as the days shorten and the nights lengthen. We are still heavily booked for guided trips and encourage those looking for a guide in September through October to call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for the ability to immediately reserve dates and guides. Hopefully, we can keep up with the fishing report going forward!!
FLOWS: LAMAR – 267 CFS where the river enters the Yellowstone River. SODA BUTTE – 20 CFS above Pebble Creek and 30 CFS below Pebble Creek (very low!!!) SLOUGH CR. – approximately 30-40 CFS (also very low!!!):
As of this report, the Lamar River has been muddy or off color due to rain. Slough Creek and Soda Butte Creeks are clear enough to fish and fishing good to great. The closure on all rivers and streams inside Yellowstone Park has been lifted as of August 20. According to Yellowstone Park scientists, water temps are no longer in the lethal range for trout and stream flows have stabilized and are not that much different than late August/early September in previous years. Good news!!
Caddis, Pale Evening Duns, yellow Sally’s, some Gray drakes, BWO’s and lots of terrestrials are are being seen. Dry dropper rigs are recommended in these waters.
Dry dropper rigs will work well. Size 12 and smaller bead heads – North Fork Specials tan, black, purple, red are highly recommended as the dropper. Yellow Sally’s, black caddis, tan caddis are active midday through evening while the PED’s are showing up early evenings. Terrestrials such as small ant and beetle patterns are also working.
Anglers should still land trout quickly, reduce handling by using a net and keeping the trout in the water to enhance recovery after being hooked and played. Do the responsible thing. No need for ‘hero’ photos, nor grip and grins. Thank you.
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