North Fork Shoshone River

August 7, 2022 9:00 am

CFS: 901 cfs IN WAPITI VALLEY – rain has spiked the flow to almost double what it was. Prior to the rain, the North Fork flow was 510 cfs. We expect the flow to drop below 500 once the rain spike goes through today and Monday. 

Conditions:  Prior to the rain, the N. Fork is fishing great and fishing very well from top to bottom from Gibbs Bridge in Wapiti Valley to Pahaska Tepee near YNP’s East Entrance. Flows are too low to float in the upper reaches but the wade fishing has been very good using large attractor dries or hopper imitations.

Book a guided float or walk/wade trip and get in on the fun. We still have some availability now- late August. We expect to be floating at least through the first two weeks in August in the Wapiti Valley stretch.  Water conditions are much better than 2021.

The trout are eating larger dries, dry/droppers or 2 nymph rigs with abandon. Streamers, too! Water temps are still cold. The trout love the colder water on the hots days of  summer.

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;,  Purple Prince, Orange bead Prince, Bloom’s Optic Nerve in Hare’s ear or Pheasant tail soft hackle jigs sizes 10-14; Bloody Mary # 8-14, black girdle bugs or bitch creek nymphs size 4-10

Dry – Chubby Chucks (gold, tan, purple, olive, red), Wade’s Ho Candy Yellow #8, Large Stimulators in orange or yellow, Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Trudes, Royal Wulffs, parachute Yellow Sally, Purple Haze and Parachute Adams size 10-16.

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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