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March 30, 2015 


Temps are on the rise and the fish are keying on bwo's and midges midday thru late afternoon.  What are you waiting for? GET OUT THERE!!!!

East and West Newton, Hogan and Luce Lakes are now ice free!!


The blue-winged olive hatch is getting heavier on the Lower Shoshone and Bighorn River tail waters .  Dry fly anglers should see lots of action the next few weeks. Look for heads, land your compara-dun or dry of choice softly, then set the hook!! 

Freestone rivers -- The North and South Fork of the Shoshone and the lower Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone are beginning to fish well now. Expect action to remain good - if not excellent - with the nice weather forecast through next week . With the warmer temps so goes the runoff. The North Fork is still muddy in the afternoon with a little better visibility in the morning. The next few days the best time to fish would be in the mornings if it cools down enough at night to help slow the melting snow. Wednesday looks like cooler weather for a few days should help clear the river. Starting April 1st the Noth Fork will be closed from Gibbs Bridge to Newton creek untill July 1st.

Nymphs and streamers are working well, too.


Our spring hours for the shop. We are open Monday through Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and starting in April on Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. Our last fly tying class was Saturday. Be back again late fall.  You can always phone us - 307-527-7274 - for up to the minute fishing conditions and reports. 

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!
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SHOSHONE RIVER

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

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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.

Due to the unexpected spate of above normal temperatures in March, the North Fork has been off-color for the past week or so. Fishing has been so-so to great, depending on the time of day one fishes the river.

The trout have begun to move upstream from Buffalo Bill Reservoir up the North Fork of the Shoshone. Fishing has been fair to good, depending on water temps and color. Warm weather returns later this week so the fly fishing should be good until the river closes, April 1. Wading is recommended. Flows are too low for safe floating.

Fish big heavy stonefly nymphs deep. The water temps are still very cold, so the trout will be taking nymphs softly rather than aggressively. Leader up! The trout in the North Fork are hot this time of year. Fun, fun, fun. The North Fork closes to angling from the west end of Buffalo Bill Reservoir up the N.Fork to Newton Creek, April 1- July 1. Make a note so you avoid a ticket!!

The grizzlies are out on the North Fork with this unusually warm weather. Carry bear spray!!
 


SOUTH FORK of the SHOSHONE RIVER REPORT

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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.

 

 




SOUTH FORK OF THE SHOSHONE FISHING REPORT

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The fly fishing can be good to very good from midday through late afternoon, when  daytime temps hit the maximum. The flows are 244 cfs at Valley school. The South Fork is completely open and the trout have been very cooperative this week with all the spring like weather.

The fishing has been very good using large dries, nymphs, or streamers. Winter stones and midges have been active since day time temperatures climbed into the 50's. 

Browns, cutthroat, rainbows and brook trout are the objects of desire. The warm temperatures forecast for the next week or so should make the fly fishing better and better up the S. Fork of the Shoshone. 

Try using  small bead-head PT nymphs, copper Johns, hares ears, NF Specials and Prince nymphs for better results during early spring.  We also have a full selection of big meaty streamers if you want to target the brown of a lifetime.

The grizzlies are out now. Carry bear spray!


 



LOWER SHOSHONE FISHING REPORT

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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!.

The river is clear below the dam through the town of Cody. Some flushing has occurred that has clouded up the lower river, but the fishing remains very good, especially using dries or emergers that imitate BWO's and midges!!  Fly fishers have had consistent success using firebead sow bugs, snow cone midges, black North Fork specials and San Juan worms fished deep. 

Streamer action is consistently good every day, too.  This is the perfect time to be on the lower Sho-Sho(Shoshone). Water temps are in the 50's this week. Weather is to be in the 50's and even low 60's the next few days. Get out and enjoy the great fly fishing on the Shoshone tailwater. 

Flows are 415 cfs today. 

 




BIGHORN RIVER/WIND RIVER/THERMOPOLIS AREA FISHING REPORT

The flow on the Bighorn River near Thermopolis, WY 950 cfs. 

Fish with sowbugs, midge larvae, aquatic worms, leeches or streamers for consistent hookups on the Bighorn in the Thermopolis area.

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! 





CLARKS FORK of the YELLOWSTONE RIVER

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. 





UPPER CLARKS FORK of the YELLOWSTONE FISHING REPORT

 Water temps are beginning to impact angler success. Fish below the mouth of the canyon until late spring 2015.

LOWER CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT





Water quality is a bit funky right now due to some lower elevation snowmelt impacting Paint Creek. Fish above Paint Creek's confluence for better water conditions in the Clarks Fork. Hatches are sporadic - mostly  midges. Nymphs and streamers have been hooking some nice bows and browns on the lower Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Dry action is sporadic.

Try dropping PT nymphs, copper johns, hares ears, or lightning bugs 2-4 feet under an indicator for better action.  Flows are 429 cfs at the WY/MT border


 



CANYON SECTION OF CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT



The lower part of the Clarks Fork Canyon is still accessible for fishing. Fishing will be slow to fair due to water temps. The best time of day is noon until the sun sets in the canyon around 4:40 or so.  

  

 

SUNLIGHT, DEAD INDIAN and CRANDALL CREEKS FISHING REPORT

Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.

Surprise! This false spring weather the Cody area has had the past week has eliminated the snow in Sunlight Basin. Sunlight Creek is fishing good to excellent using nymphs. Pink sowbugs, size 16 have landed some fat 14 inch brook trout this week.
Crandall and Dead Indian Creeks are still slow to fair fishing.
 







YELLOWSTONE 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

Closed until Memorial Day, 2015




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



Closed until Memorial Day, 2015

 

YELLOWSTONE LAKE FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2015 





Closed until 2015



FIREHOLE / GIBBON / MADISON FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2015



Closed until 2015

 

LAMAR / SLOUGH CREEK / SODA BUTTE FISHING REPORT - Opens to angling May 24, 2015




Closed until 2015








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 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




EAST and WEST NEWTON LAKES FISHING REPORT



Both lakes are now ice free.

Wooly buggers, chironomids, midge pupa and dries, scuds, small pt nymphs, and hares eares are great patterns for this time of year.



LUCE RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT



Open.

Try fishing bugger patterns, chironomid/midge pupa, scuds, and bowtie midges.







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