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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.
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 as an outstanding Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbow and cutt-bow fishery.
The lower North Fork is transitioning from the rains that hit last week. When the river hasn't been off color, the trout have been responding to large nymphs fished deep. Dry action has been on smaller Ho Candy's, trudes, Wulffs and parachute Adams. The flows are 234 CFS (too low to float without landowner conflicts) on the lower North Fork.
Call North Fork Anglers for the latest water conditions before you head out. We are doing our best to stay on top of water conditions this week!
The grizzlies and black bears are out on the North Fork. Be cautious, and carry bear spray!!
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 are 4.6 cfs (no water) where the South Fork meets Buffalo Bill Reservoir due to irrigation demands.
Better flows and water quality are found at Valley (167 cfs), or inside the Shoshone National Forest. The South Fork has been fishing well - hoppers, caddis, trudes, parachute Adams and Klinkhammers on top, size 10-16 nymphs fished deep.
Browns, cutthroat and rainbows are the objects of desire.
Carry 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!.
Flows are down to normal levels now - FINALLY!! However, we still need to see water quality behind Buffalo Bill Dam improve significantly for better fly fishing with dry flies. Nymphing is always reliable on the "LoSho" and remains so as of this report, too. Float trips have been doing well fishing dry/droppers to the bank and dead drifting.
Best success has been with firebead sow bugs, snow cone midges, gray Ray Charles, black North Fork Specials and San Juan Worms fished deep. Medium sized streamers in olive and/or black are moving fish as well!
Streamer action is consistently good, as well. Water temps are in the mid-50's. Weather will be in the 70's through the rest of this week. Flows are 852 cfs today.
The flow on the Bighorn River near Thermopolis, WY is holding. Today's flow is 1100 cfs. Water temps are going up and the moss in the river has become a real aggravation. The trout are holding where the water temps are most comfortable. Best fishing has been early or late in the day.
Fish with Tricos, caddis, sowbugs, midge larvae, aquatic worms, squirrel 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!
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.
The upper Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone fly fishing action has picked up considerably the past week or so. Water quality has also improved now that the rains have ended.
Hatches have been green drakes, pale morning duns, small golden stones and blue-winged olives. Hoppers, ants and beetles are beginning to work well now too.
Fish size 8-14 bead-head nymphs for best results. Cast royal trudes, Wulff's, parachute Adams, or small ho candy's into pocket water for dry fly action.
The river is fishing good from the canyon to the state line.
Hatches are sporadic now. Try hopper patterns and drop copper Johns, hares ears, North Fork Specials, or halfbacks under an indicator for better action. Flows are 156 cfs at the WY/MT state line.
The lower part of the Clarks Fork Canyon is accessible for fishing via Cardiac and Deadman trails.
Trudes, Wulffs, humpies, stimulators, ho candy and elk hair caddis work well in the canyon this time of year.
Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.
Crandall is clearing now and Sunlight and Dead Indian Creeks are in fine shape for fly fishing. The fishing has been consistently good for brookies, rainbows and cutthroat.
The trout will be looking up for caddis, green drakes, pale morning duns and yellow sally's.
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
Open to fishing!!!
The upper Yellowstone River is open to angling now, although it appears some of the larger trout have moved back into Yellowstone Lake already. Caddis, green drakes and pale morning duns are hatching. Green drake spinners and rusty spinners work well for searching patterns.
We have had our best success using a size 10 black or tan North Fork Special and fishing it through the buckets and deeper water in the upper Yellowstone River (Le Hardy Rapids downstream to the Mud Volcano area). Saturday's angling put some nice 24" Yellowstone cutthroat in the net!
Open to angling. All lake trout must be killed when caught. All native cutthroat must be released alive! The cutthroat have been eating streamers (olive, black or brown wooly buggers and Zonkers) quite well whether fishing from shore or from a boat. Lake trout are being hooked in the shallow water as well, especially in the weedy bottoms of Yellowstone Lake where scuds are present. In the weeds, cast a scud or sowbug imitation, strip it back and hang on.
Open to fishing!!! The Lamar and its tributaries, Slough, Soda and Pebble Creek are in great shape this week and have been fishing very well. Soda Butte Creek was electro-shocked and rotononed above Ice Box Canyon this week to remove invasive brook trout, rainbow and cuttbows. Be prepared to see the lower part of Soda Butte Creek running lime green, then purple later this week.
Fishing will remain excellent on the Lamar River, Slough Creek and upper Pebble Creek which are not going to be electro-shocked nor poisoned!
Caddis are out everywhere right now, with some pale morning duns and Flavilineas around. Hoppers, ants and beetles are beginning to work better and better now that hatches are slowing down in this area.
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 Newton has had a respite from the warm weather in early August. Water temps are in the mid-60's. The trout still need to be landed hot and released quickly to avoid killing trout needlessly. Mornings and evenings are recommended fishing times to keep the trout healthy and stress free.
West Newton water temperatures are in great shape for trout due to the depth and size of the lake compared to East Newton.
Leeches, chironomids, midge pupa and dries, scuds, small PT nymphs, and hare's ears are recommended. Strip nymphs slow and deep. Fishing from shore might be tough as many of the fish will have moved to the deeper water in the middle. Slow strip or troll leech patterns on sinking lines for best results.
Open and fishing better every day. Water temperatures are still in the safe zone.
Chironomid/midge pupa, hoppers, scuds, ants, beetles, pine squirrel leeches and bowtie midges have been taking trout regularly.
Weedy now. Fly fishing is tough due to the amount of weeds in Hogan. Fish the weed free zones for best results.
We recommend using the same flies recommended for Luce Reservoir.
Carp are keying on crayfish now. Grab your 7 or 8 weight rod and have some fun! We saw a photo of a 20 pounder caught on an orange crayfish pattern Saturday. The happy angler was still grinning when he shared the photo with us Sunday morning.
Fish lightly dressed wooly buggers, or orange blossoms, and crayfish patterns (rust colors very effective right now).
Fishing is getting better as the lakes warm up now. Small bead head nymphs or leech patterns stripped under the surface will catch trout for you.
Evening is when the trout will rise in the lakes. Mosquitoes can still be annoying so pack bug dope or netting especially when slogging through wet meadows to the next lake or stream.