Hot Flies Specials
Hot Flies Specials
July 22, 2014
Our apologies for not having a fishing report the past week. Our computer crashed and it took a while to get back up and running. If you've been sending emails, this is the time of year when a phone call will speed up response time.
FINALLY!!! All streams are coming into shape as predicted in the 3rd week of July. Go fish!
The hatches are plentiful!! Green drakes, BWO's, caddis, Tricos, and stoneflies are out in the Park and the upper stretches of the watersheds just mentioned. The trout are taking dries inside Yellowstone Park, as well as on the upper North Fork and Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Size runs the large salmonfly all the way down to size 24 Tricos.
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.
The North Fork is flowing at 2660 cfs this morning as it has for the last 4 days.
Book your float trips for the North Fork. We do have some dates left for grabs in early July and the second week in August.
Flows should remain good for floating well into late August, if not mid-September.
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.
Browns, cutthroat and brook trout are the objects of desire.
Don't forget your bear spray!!
Flows are 1630 cfs today. The South Fork is still pushing but does have decent fishable conditions in the morning. The riens have broken on the horse's head so we should see the clear in the near future. Go have some fun with big stonefly nymphs fished deep or experiment with dry flies. Hatches are coming on strong. Green drakes, golden stones, caddis. Awesome!!
The trout are holding in the quieter water along the river's edges.
Bears are out. Keep your bear spray handy.
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!
Water quality below the dam has improved the past week. The river is still off color but fishing better and better. The fishing is good even with the higher flows.
Today's flow are 2246 cfs. Fish are feeding along the edges of fast water and in the flatter, longer runs. Water is green, but fishable.
Midges, Pale morning duns, gray drakes and caddis are hatching. Some golden stoneflies have been seen, too, in the Shoshone Canyon. Due to the volume of water, the trout are definitely hanging on the edges.
Walk/Wade Guided Trips this week have been landing some great browns, bows and cutthroat below the dam. Float trips have been dry/dropper or streamers.
Big browns, cutthroat and rainbows are the primary objects of desire!
The Bighorn River flow is 2400 cfs today.
The 'Horn' is so-so. Flows have gone up and the trout are spread out more. The trout can be caught using dries, nymphs and streamers. Guided trips there this past week produced some very nice rainbows and browns. Yesterday's guided trips put some really nice bows and browns in the net!
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 temps are cold. Flows are dropping and are fishable above Hunter Peak Ranch/Campground. The river will be swift so be careful when wading. Floating the upper river is not advised aand very dangerous!!
The hatches are the same as those on Slough Creek and the Lamar drainages inside Yellowstone.
Fish size 8-12 bead-headed nymphs deep and in the less swift areas of the Clarks Fork. Cutthroat and brookies should be eating your flies.
Carry your bear spray!
Flows at the WY/MT State line are 3140 cfs this morning: down from what we've been seeing lately but still huge !!
Fish big stonefly nymphs deep. Golden stones are out (it is time!) in the afternoons. Caddis are all over the water, so are green drakes. Once the water qualitiy improves later this week, the trout should be looking for bugs on the surface.
We recommend fishing the lower canyon section down to what was formerly known as the Beartooth Ranch. Downstream of there, the river is still off-color.
This section of the Clarks Fork is still inaccessible due to flows and water quality. Don't expect safe water conditions until flows have reduced by 75% of what they are now.
Access is too dangerous right now due to high flows.
Dead Indian and Sunlight were muddy and high July 17 Crandall Creek was in better shape but going out late on the 17th.
All these creeks are gushing out of the mountains right now.
Fish early mornings for better water quality and to have some fun. These creeks are now dropping into their channels and the trout are eager to eat flies.
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
Very high flows right now below Yellowstone Falls. Water quality is not very good. Wait a month. Water conditions will be improving by then.
THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER IS NOW OPEN AT LE HARDY RAPIDS AREA.
Yellowstone Lake opened much earlier to angling this year than in past years. 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 must be released. ALL lake trout caught in Yellowstone Lake MUST be KILLED!!
The Firehole, Gibbon and Madison are fishing very well.
The Madison is flowing 494 cfs at West Yellowstone. The Firehole is running 63 cfs at Old Faithful and the Gibbon is flowing 190 cfs where it joins the Firehole River.
Hatches are on - PMD's and white caddis.
Water conditions have vastly improved this week on the Lamar, Slough, Pebble and Soda Butte. All are beginning to fish well. July insect hatches are going on!!
Flows are dropping now and the trout have really begun to eat flies well.
Soda Butte is high but fishable. Flows at Silver Gate are 136 cfs, becoming more full as the creek enters the Lamar River. The Lamar is flowing 1080 cfs today and totally fishable yesterday, July 17th, above Soda Butte confluence.
Slough Creek is running about the same as Soda Butte. Water quality is getting better and better and the trout there are eating dries!
Yellow Sally's, Salmonflies, blue-winged olives, caddis, Tricos and golden stones are out. Salmonflies at Slough and the lower Lamar River below the falls.
Pack bear spray and go have fun!!
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 very well. Water temps are climbing into the - go fish somewhere else until mid-September range. Big trout stress easily and expire even faster!!!
Respect the fishery and fish when water temps are below 65 degrees -- usually 4:30-6:30 AM this time of year.
Hatches: Midges, Callibaetis, caddis and damsel flies! Scuds, midge pupae, midge emergers and streamers are working well the rest of the time.
Big browns, rainbows and splake are swimming the trophy lake, just 5 minutes from North Fork Anglers in downtown Cody! West Newton has been productive for nice sized Yellowstone cutthroat using the same flies as on East Newton Lake.
Open and fishing well with the same emergers, dries, nymphs and streamers at East or West Newton Lakes. Damsel fly nymphs have been the "secret" fly this past week at Luce.
Ants, beetles and grasshoppers are also beginng to take trout.
Water temps are in the mid-60's.
Fishing well. Streamers and nymphs best bet. Large native Yellowstone cutthroat swim in this popular still water. Midges, Callibaetis and damsels are on the water now. Ants and beetles are also providing action now as well.
Ants, beetles and hoppers are beginning to take trout now, too.
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.
Lakes below 8,000 feet are ice free. Access to some of these lakes is still difficult due to snow depth. Not all the roads or trails are open due to snow drifts yet.