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April 20, 2014.

What a beautiful weekend ahead of us. Clear skies, temps near the mid-60's and trout with good attitude. That's as good as it gets for fly fishers! 

Attention Boaters:  North Fork Anglers is now certified to perform boat inspection for the States AIS program.  You will need to have your boat inspected before floating any water in Wyoming if you are coming from out of state. 
All fishing on the North Fork must be done West of Newton Creek, inside the Shoshone National Forest until July 1. The distance from Cody to Newton Creek is approximately 30 miles from Cody.

The lower Shoshone flows are 2167 cfs today. The Shoshone has decent color and we are catching trout on our guided float trips now -- on dries, nymphs and streamers! Water temps dropped with the increased flows, so the Baetis and midge hatches are coming on later in the day now (around 3 pm) 

Freestone rivers are beginning to fish well, too. Especially the lower section of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. --- Think BIG rainbows! 


North Fork Anglers has the flies you need to be successful during the Spring fishing season around the Cody region. Stop by the shop before hitting the rivers and lakes!

Guided Float and Walk/Wade Trips are in progress despite winter's heavy hand this year. We are targeting big browns, cutts and rainbows. North Fork Anglers offers Guided Float or Walk/Wade Trips every month of the year. The late winter/early spring fly fishing is great, especially now that temperartures are going to be in the 60's!!

Reserve your guide now and enjoy the solitude and superb fly fishing found on the Shoshone or Bighorn Rivers.

Lakes, ponds and small reservoirs are ice free and fishing well.
North Fork Anglers hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-6 pm. Plan to meet your guides at 8:30 am during the winter months.

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The Shoshone River is an overlooked jewel offering lots of fine fishing opportunities. The North Fork, South Fork, and Lower Shoshone provide anglers with miles of river to wade or float for wild rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.

NORTH FORK of the SHOSHONE FISHING REPORT - The North Fork is a freestone river that originates high in the Absaroka Mountains on the East side of Yellowstone National Park. This river is noted for its outstanding Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbows and cutt-bow fishery.

The North Fork continues to rise with the warm Easter weekend weather. Flows today are 849 at the Wapiti Valley guaging station. Water temps are still below cold - 41 degrees yesterday. The North Fork closes annually to fishing from Buffalo Bill Reservoir upstream to Newton Creek, April 1- July 1, 2014.
Due to the delayed snowmelt and cold temps up high in the Absaroka Mountains, the trout have not made the big push up the North Fork yet. There are trout above the Newton Creek closed area, just not in the numbers we normally see late April. We hope this is due to water temps and the fact that runoff is going to be late and huge, which is why we think the trout are as late running as Spring has been coming.

Don't despair. The trout will be in the North Fork when the time is right for good spawning conditions. Fish big stonefly nymphs for best success, trailed by a smaller bead-head like Wade's North Fork Special or a Bloody Mary. We have a full compliment of flies - especially Wade's North Fork Specials - that will put you into those big hot trout on this fantastic river! Get your heavy tippets out, the fish in the North Fork of the Shoshone are HOT. 


Free of ice above Wapiti but their's not much flow coming down from the high country. The river is open at Gibbs Bridge with about 6 inches of clarity. No reports of trout moving out of Buffalo Bill Reservoir yet. 
Fly action has been so-so. Whitefish and smaller trout can be caught right now. This report could change at any time. March is the month our rainbows, Yellowstone cutthroat and cuttbows move out of reservoirs and swim up the rivers. Last year, the trout moved the last week in March. Maybe we will get lucky and see some activity earlier this year.

SOUTH FORK OF THE SHOSHONE FISHING REPORT - The South Fork of the Shoshone fishes best inside the Shoshone National Forest and enters Buffalo Bill Reservoir from the Southwest. This river requires some effort to fish but it is well worth it. A hike of at least a mile is required to chase the trout in the South Fork.

When we have fishable water the South  Fork is fishing well to bead-head nymphs and streamers.Flows are 422 cfs The warm temps on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday kicked up the flows on the South Fork which means fresh runs of trout will be moving up the river now. Water temps are still cold (40 degrees), but the topography of the South Fork is such that lots of sunshine keep the trout active all day. No hatches yet. BWO's and midges. Squalla's should be showing up any day now. Get ready for some great spring fishery. 

Pack bear spray. The grizzlies are out and are looking for something to eat. Don't let it be you!!

The South Fork is beginning to fish well now that we have an extra hour of daylight to enjoy. Water temps are still below 40 degrees.
Look for area's of open water in the upper S. Fork Valley on USFS land and fish the warmest part of the day, usually noon-3 pm. Bead headed nymphs or dead drifting woolly buggers is your best bet for success during the winter months.
By the end of March, we should be seeing some Squalla, BWO, or March Brown activity. It is time to be on the rivers!

LOWER SHOSHONE FISHING REPORT -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 town but here's the real kicker...We fish dry flies 12 months out of the year!

The Lower Shoshone flows are up and the fishing is fair to good. Today's flow is 2167 cfs. Midges and Blue-winged olives are hatching. Due to increased flows now, the trout are on the edges. Guided trips this week have been landing some great browns, bows and cutthroat.

SJ worms, Wade's North Fork Special and Sow bugs are your best bet for a nymph rig. Also try Pheasant tails, Copper Johns, FRM midges as a dropper off bigger stone fly nymphs. 

We've also done well with some bigger articulated patterns in white, flesh, yellow/orange colors. North Fork Anglers has recently stocked up with some killer streamer patterns that have been getting a lot of attention from the brown trout around the area. 


Flows were 406.84 yesterday.  Water quality has improved tremendously the past few days to the point one can see the bottom well with polarized sunglasses. The top water action on midges is going on and the nymph and streamer fishing couldn't be better. 

Above Sulphur Creek and in the Shoshone Canyon below Buffalo Bill Dam, the Shoshone is fishing very well.
Blue-winged olives and midges are emerging. Look for heads midday.

Fish with dark nymphs, streamers, SJ worms, and sowbugs until the hatches begin. Midges and BWO when you see fish rising.

Big browns, cutthroat and rainbows are the primary objects of desire! Fish the river on your own or book a guided trip with North Fork Anglers on this river that fishes best October-April.

Show us your trophy photos and we will post them on Facebook or our Memory Pages on our website for you.


The Bighorn River flow is up again at 1930 cfs. This is an increase of 500 cfs over the 1400 cfs the last few weeks. 

Midges are emerging and we are seeing some Baetis activity on the surface.  As ambient temps climb so will water temps and those great BWO hatches should be seen on the water very soon. Better dry fly action has been seen below the 8th Street bridge through the town of Thermopolis.

We have been successful using NF Specials, sowbugs and SJ worm patterns with good results. Typical flies for tailwater fisheries are: sowbugs, aquatic worms, scuds, midge larvae or pupae and big streamers are the "go-to" flies on the Bighorn in WY.

North Fork Anglers has provided guided trips on the Bighorn River since 1984, which gives us a 'leg up' on any other guide service offering guided trips. Book now to reserve a guide and float date! 


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. 


Open water in areas up high. Water temps are still in the mid 30's. It will be late April or May before the river warms enough to fish well.


Fishing very well above the Beartooth Ranch area!!! Warmer weather should increase the flow out of the canyon and bring some more of the big rainbows into the upper sections of the river. To keep your rod bent fish bead head nymphs like the tan/black North Fork Special, red/copper Copper Johns, Princes, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tails, etc., etc. Target some of the bigger fish with some big nymphs with rubber legs. 

Be aware that we should start seeing some dry fly action on Skwalla's and big March Brown's soon. Until then look for fish sipping midges on the edge of the river, or go deep as suggested above. 

The lower Clarks Fork has thawed, is ice free, and fishing well. We recommend fishing the lower canyon section down to what was known as the Beartooth Ranch. Fish deep with large stonefly nymphs. Trail that with a smaller bead-head like a North Fork Special, copper John, or Prince nymph.

Fishing deep with bead-head nymphs or streamers has been the better bet for the larger trout, although the midges have been pushing some monsters into shallow water to feed. Keep a look out for March Brown mayflies and skwalla's.  As the water warms we should start seeing these incredible hatches.

 One can be landing 10-16 inchers, when all of a sudden, a 'hawg' is tight to your leader! (See Goliath photos on North Fork Anglers' Facebook page as proof!)


This section of the Clarks Fork is still inaccessible. Summer time is the best time to fish this section of the river. 

Wait until summer. Access is dangerous. Trails are still iced over.


Beginning to thaw and the creeks are rising this weekend after a full day of heavy rain.

Still plenty of snow up high on these creeks!
Upper Sunlight is fishable. So is Dead Indian Creek at the campground area. Crandall Creek has 5 feet of snow along the banks to push through. Grizzly bears have been reported on both drainages the past week. Pack bear spray and fish size 10 and smaller woolly buggers or bead-headed nymphs. No hatches to report -- yet!


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

YELLOWSTONE RIVER FISHING REPORT - Closed to angling until 7/15 in the Le Hardy Rapids area. Open below Yellowstone Falls, May 24, 2014.
YNP is closed to traffic until May 2nd.  


YELLOWSTONE LAKE FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling June 20. 


FIREHOLE / GIBBON / MADISON FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2014


LAMAR / SLOUGH CREEK / SODA BUTTE FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2014



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 and splake. 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. More Info on Lakes and Reservoirs. View Lakes and Reservoirs Fishing Reports


Both Newton Lakes are fishing well.  Hatches should be starting as we enter April. Midges, scuds, sowbugs and streamers are working well.
The weather is supposed to awesome this entire weekend. Enjoy! 

East and West Newton Lakes have open water today!!!  This is the time to catch one of these monster trout before they are "schooled" by the many anglers who frequent this great trophy fishery.   Leech patterns, scuds, midges, and small beadhead nymphs should have your rod bent all day long. 



Open and fishing well with nymphs and streamers. 


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