North Fork Shoshone River

September 23, 2021 9:00 am


Conditions: Turbid and off color in Wapiti Valley but clearing after rain and snow earlier this week – this is true all the way up river  to Pahaska Tepee in the Shoshone National Forest. There is NO rain forecast for this week. Fly fishing has been very good since late August on the North Fork. The trout are there and they are waiting for your fly!!

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 when the North Fork clears. 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!!


Flies: Wet -Black North Fork Specials with silver, red, hot orange or purple bead heads,  size 10-14; Pat’s rubber legs, black stonefly nymphs 8-12; Prince nymphs 8-12; Zebra midges – black or brown best,  Bloom’s Optic Nerve soft hackle jigs sizes 10-14; black girdle bugs or bitch creek nymphs size 8-12 work very well under a  hopper, strike indicator or when Euro nymphing.

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. Gray drakes, pale evening duns, caddis are being seen. Gray drakes size 10-14, tan, brown and olive elk hair caddis size 10-14. Purple Haze and Parachute Adams size 10-20.

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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