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September 1, 2014 Recent heavy rains have most of our water high and off color. A day or two without rain most rivers and streams shoulb be fishing well again.
Stable weather is forcast for the rest of the week with highs in the 70's to 80 and little to no rain to the weekend. Just to let you know contrary to our web page we are open at 7:30 am Monday through Sunday. Closing hours are 8 pm Monday through Saturday and 6 pm on Sunday.
Our apologies for not having a fishing report updated daily. If you don't see any changes to the report for a few days, it is because fishing conditions have not changed enough to note, other than flows. Getting guided trips out the door and taking care of anglers in a rush to catch trout has prevented a daily update. Again, our apologies. Sometimes, one just has to go fish regardless of a fishing report.
You can always phone us - 307-527-7274 - if you can't find a daily update. :-))
North Fork Anglers offers Guided Float or Walk/Wade Trips every month of the year. Reserve your guide now and enjoy the solitude and superb fly fishing found on the East side of Yellowstone!
We have been here to assist your fly fishing needs (flies, clothing, tackle, gear, instruction and guided trips) since 1984. Fish with North Fork Anglers, an Orvis Endorsed Outfitter/Guide/Retail operation. We always do our best to help make your fly fishing trip an ADVENTURE filled with life long memories!
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.
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, rainbow and cutt-bow fishery. The North Fork is open from Buffalo Bill State Park all the way to Yellowstone's East Gate.
Guided trips have been outstanding on the North Fork. Clouds, cool temps and a slight drizzle have had the bugs emerging most of August. Dry fly action is the best we have seen in several years. The river and its tribs are clearing today after rain and snow in the high country.
Flows are still good enough inside the Shoshone National Forest for Float trips and very good for Walk/Wade trips.
The South Fork is a 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.
The flows on the South Fork dropped quickly from the rain and snow and is now fishable down to Buffalo Bill reservoir.
The fishing has been very good deep with nymphs or using streamers. The typical hopper action in August has been mid-afternoons, then replaced by awesome caddis and pale evening dun hatches in the evening hours.
Browns, cutthroat and brook trout are the objects of desire. The trout are looking up for hoppers, dray drakes, caddis and pale morning duns!
Don't forget your bear spray!!
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...You can fish dry flies 12 months out of the year, when the conditions are right!
Water quality below the dam could be better. We recommend streamers below the canyon until/if waters clear.
Below the dam in the canyon section, water quality is not impacted by return irrigation flows. Trout there have been feeding on hoppers, caddis and pale morning duns. Fish are feeding along the edges of the fast water and in the flatter, longer runs.
Big browns, cutthroat and rainbows!
The 'Horn' is fishing well. Flows are very good and so are the water temps due to the cooler than normal month of August.
Yesterday's trips whacked trout on dry flies when the cloud cover came with the rains. Awesome good for our guided trips is the report today!!
The trout can be caught using dries, nymphs and streamers.
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.
Water conditions have been pretty good this summer, despite the frequent rain showers. Hatches are good. Lots of caddis, blue-winged olives and pale evening duns high-lighting the hatch action. Smaller hopper patterns - Wade's Horror or Ho Candy size 10 or 12 have been working well when the sun's high and bright. Attractors like the Royal Wulff or Royal Trude have also worked well, especially on the brook trout.
Flavs, PMD's, Gray drakes, caddis, yellow Sally's, hoppers, ants, beetles. Dropping smaller North Fork Specials, Prince nymphs, Pheasant Tails or Gold-ribbed Hare's Ears also work well.
Carry your bear spray!
Caddis are all over the water, so are PMD's. The lower Clarks Fork still has a lot of volume to it. Water conditions have been good the past week or so, except for the occasional cloud burst that sweeps off the Beartooth Plateau. The water is still fairly high but clear from the MT State line up into the canyon.
No rain is in the forecast after Tuesday this week. Go enjoy the lower Clarks Fork. The fishing is good!!
This section of the Clarks Fork is now accessible but wade carefully if crossing. Hoppers and droppers working well. Hatches are caddis, pale morning duns and pale evening duns. The best flies to use have been Royal Trudes, elk hair caddis, PMD sparkle duns, Ho Candy and parachute Adams.
Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.
Heavy rain hit the area Saturday.
Once the creeks clear, the fishing should turn right back on. Wading can be difficult in places on Sunlight and Crandall Creeks, especially in the canyon stretches where the stream can't meander through side channels.
Caddis, gray drakes, Blue-winged olives, Pale Morning Duns and small hoppers, ants, beetles are on the water.
Pack bear spray!!
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
Fishing well, especially on rusty spinners from Otter Creek upstream to the Le Hardy Rapids area. The cutthroat numbers are still down, but those being caught are fat as pigs!
Sight casting is better than broadcasting due to low numbers of trout in the river. Rusty spinners are working well, size 16-20.
Fish the open water near shore where the trout and lake trout will be cruising. Cast woolly buggers or leech patterns and strip back slowly for best results. Cutthroat are in the shallow water and back bays of the lake.
Cutthroat must be released. ALL lake trout caught in Yellowstone Lake MUST be KILLED!!
The Firehole, Gibbon and Madison are fishing well. Caddis, blue-winged olives, streamers, nymphs and mid-size hoppers are working.
Yellow Sally's, caddis, BWO's, PMD's, pale evening duns, smaller hoppers, ants and beetles will catch the trout on top. Smaller bead-heads and or soft hackles working well below the surface.
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
Water temps are out of the critical range now due to cooler weather tan rains the past week.
Hatches: Midges, Callibaetis, caddis and damsel flies! Scuds, midge pupae, midge emergers and streamers are working well the rest of the time.
Open and fishing well with the same emergers, dries, nymphs and streamers at East or West Newton Lakes.
Ants, beetles and grasshoppers are also beginng to take trout. Water temps are in the low 60's.
Fishing well. Streamers and nymphs best bet. Large native Yellowstone cutthroat swim in this popular still water. Midges, orange scuds, Callibaetis damsels, hoppers, ants and beetles are on the water now.
Carp are eating flies well.
Water quality and clarity has been very good for stalking the shallows in search of Mr. Bugle Lips. Crayfish and minnow patterns best for the carp. Black bunny streamers, or different colored Slump Busters have been takng the trout - brown and cutthroat.
The lakes and creeks that feed or drain them are fishing well. Smaller flies recommended - ants, beetles, parachute Adams, elk hair caddis on top. Smaller leech patterns or bead head nymphs below the surface.