Fly Fishing Waters in Cody, WY


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Some of the finest trout fishing in the entire United States is found in the Northwestern quarter of Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. In this "Golden Ring", you will find big rivers with deep pools, pristine spring-fed creeks, slow meadow streams, magnificent lakes and angling experiences to last a lifetime. We proudly call this North Fork Country. And for a good reason, according to our friends from other places that have shared our waters. Sixteen inch fish, on the average! , is hard for most anglers to believe. Of course, the trout aren not all that big, some are much larger and some definitely smaller, but wild trout are the main reason to be in the water. "Just as wild as the grizzlies and as strong as the steelies," we like to say. The best part in all this - these trout love to fight all the way to the net! If they hang around for a picture, well, that is a good thing in North Fork Country.

Whether you float them, wade them or take a wilderness trip by horse back, you will find fishing dreams are made of - fishing you thought no longer existed! Fly fish all the major hatches - mayflies, caddis, stoneflies and midges emerge during the long season in North Fork Country. Often, you and your friends are the only fishermen on the water. Savor the solitude and marvel at the abundant wildlife with our experienced guides as they put you in the right place, at the right time, for the right fish!


Shoshone River Drainages


1.) North Fork
The North Fork has been rated as one of the Top 10 rivers to fly fish in the northern Rockies. This river contains healthy concentrations of native Yellowstone Cutthroat, Rainbow, Cut Bow hybrids and Brown Trout. Trout sizes range from 10 inches to well over 20 inches! The average North Fork Trout is 16-18”. More than 30 miles of the North Fork flows through the Shoshone National Forest and is a very scenic float. It is not uncommon to see bald eagles, moose, Bighorn sheep, bears, deer and other wildlife while floating and fishing. Thirteen miles flows outside the forest boundary to Buffalo Bill Reservoir.The North Fork can be float fished April through May, then again after spring runoff, mid to late June through mid-August on a normal snow pack year. Walk/Wade options begin sometime in March (after ice-out) and lasts until the river freezes over sometime in November or early December. North Fork Anglers offers Full Day and Half Day Float and Walk/Wade Trips on the North Fork. Due to the river’s reel screaming and rod bending trophy sized trout and its immense popularity, we recommend guided trip guests book as early as possible to reserve guides for their anticipated trip dates for the peak summer months, June through October.

2.) South Fork of the Shoshone
The South Fork is a wild trout freestone river that flows into Buffalo Bill Reservoir from the SW. Most of the river is private water with limited angler access until the Shoshone Forest Boundary near Valley. We offer Float or Walk/Wade Trips on this popular brown trout (dominate trout), native Yellowstone Cutthroat, brook and rainbow trout river. Walk/Wade Trips begin and end on BLM or Shoshone National Forest put-ins and takeouts. All Float Trips are Full Day trips.

3.) Lower Shoshone
The Lower Shoshone is an overlooked jewel in the fly fishing community. Offering ample fishing access and eager trout, the river is must for the fly fishing enthusiast. This is one of the only rivers in the Rocky mountains you can fish year around due to the influence of the hot springs trickling in above

Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone


Fed by a hundred, or more, glacial lakes draining the Beartooth Plateau, the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone is a fly fisherman’s dream river. The Clark’s Fork has three distinct sections, each fish differently and each section has its own personality, requiring fly fishermen to change tactics on each section in order to keep the rod bent and the reel singing.

High Country Lakes and Reservoirs


Fishermen preferring all types of angling tactics have discovered the treasures found in the high plains lakes of the eastern Rockies. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has stocked many of these with a variety of trout – browns, rainbows, cutthroat, splake, and tiger trout. Due to the mineral content of the mountainous soils, the water in these lakes are rich with aquatic insects and crustaceans which translates into good to trophy sized trout in many of the lakes. For the fly fisherman, this also translates into a rod-bending great time.

Yellowstone National Park


Enjoy spectacular scenery and great fishing on the Lamar River, Soda Butte Creek, Slough Creek, the Yellowstone River, and Yellowstone Lake. View Yellowstone Fishing Reports