South Fork

August 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.

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!!

CFS: 328 at Valley (30 miles from Cody)

Water quality is improving in the SF Valley since the rains stopped Saturday. Water flows have actually gone up the past week and water temps are very good. Water quality and in stream flows diminish as the river’s water is taken for irrigation at Lakeview and other irrigation ditches and the return flows to the river are off-color the closer one gets to Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Trout have been responding well to the flies listed below.

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, royal trudes, royal Wulffs, purple haze, elk hair caddis and stimulators.

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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