North Fork Shoshone River

June 20, 2022 9:00 am


Conditions:  Spring runoff is going on. The North Fork is rocking and rolling now. Water quality is off color and typical for the 3rd week of June. Flows are moderating which means the river is about to clear for the season. Fishing conditions and water quality above the North Fork closure at Newton Creek to Pahaska Teepee should be fishable and ready for float or walk/wade trips by July 1.

If you plan to fish, use large (#4-8) stonefly nymphs trailed by smaller bead-heads. We fish large Pat’s stones followed by Wade’s North Fork Special when the water is high and dingy.  Transitioning to smaller and more realistic as the water drops and clears. Expect the North Fork to begin coming into really good fishing conditions by the end of June.!

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages as regularly as some of you would like to see. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers cannot sit at the computer all day posting updates. We are still guiding anglers taking advantage of the low flows and mild fall weather, as well as answering phones, helping retail customers, etc. We do hope you understand our predicament and forgive us for any oversight when it comes to the fishing reports. 

So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop during 2021 to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of current information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept our doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.

Should you want an immediate update on flows, water quality, hatches, fly suggestions, we advise you call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for that. We also suggest and recommend that you do the same for the 2022 Guided Trip season to reserve dates and guides. We are already getting bookings for late spring and summer trips in 2022. If  you have your dates picked out, we urge you to get a deposit made as soon as possible so you don’t miss the chance to float or walk/wade Cody/Bighorn area rivers and streams. 


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;,  Bloom’s Optic Nerve in Hare’e ear or Pheasant tail soft hackle jigs sizes 10-14; black girdle bugs or bitch creek nymphs size 8-12.

Dry – Chubby Chucks (purple, olive),Purple Haze and Parachute Adams size 10-20.

NOTE — Private property laws apply when fishing 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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