South Fork

August 7, 2022 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.

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. 

CFS: Flows jumped from 180 cfs to 630 cfs on the South Fork of the Shoshone yesterday and are still high as of this report. Flows will drop in the next few days to the typical August flows. Wading is the best way to ‘attack’ the South Fork now. (30 miles from Cody) 

Flies: Wet – tan or black North Fork Specials size 10-14, 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, halfbacks, and pats rubberlegs. Sizes #4-16.

Dries –  Tan or gold Chubby Chucks, Purple Chubby Chucks, Yellow Stimulators, Orange Ho Candy, royal Wulff, royal trude, purple haze, parachute Adams, PMD’s and caddis. Leader up!! 3X-4X tipper and leaders are typical for August.  5X is too light on some of those bruiser trout in the S. Fork.

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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