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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 for its outstanding Yellowstone cutthroat, rainbow and cutt-bow fishery.
The North Fork is fishable today. The trout have been responding to large dries or nymphs. The flows are 441cfs - dropping quickly and running out of water to float.
Call North Fork Anglers for the latest water conditions before you head out.
The trout in the North Fork are hot this time of year. Fun, fun, fun.
The North Fork is now open all the way down to Gibbs Bridge! 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 1070 cfs where the South Fork meets Buffalo Bill Reservoir and 227 cfs at Valley School as of this report. The South Fork has been fishing well for dry fly enthusiasts. Now that the river has cleared again, the trout will be looking up.
The South Fork is also trending downward like the North Fork and fishing better and better. Fun is in our future!!
The fishing will be good using big dries and dropper rigs.
Browns, cutthroat and rainbows are the objects of desire.
The grizzlies and black bears are out now. 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!.
The lower Shoshone has 15-20 inches of visibility and is fishing very well from a boat or wading using streamers. Flows are down to normal levels now - FINALLY!! However, we still need to see water quality improve significantly for better fly fishing.
Nymphing is always reliable on the "LoSho" and remains so as of this report, too. Best success has been with firebead sow bugs, snow cone midges, gray Ray Charles, black North Fork Specials and San Juan Worms fished deep.
Streamer action is consistently good, as well. Water temps are in the mid-50's. Weather will be in the 80's through the rest of the week. Flows are 1083 cfs today.
The flow on the Bighorn River near Thermopolis, WY is dropping. Today's flow is 1320 cfs. We have heard they will be dropping the flow on the Bighorn for the rest of the summer. 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 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. Hatches have been green drakes, pale morning duns, small golden stones and midges. 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.
Water quality have improved remarkably since the weekend.
Water quality is somewhat better above Paint Creek's confluence to the Clarks Fork. Hatches are sporadic. Try large (#4-#8) hopper patterns and drop copper Johns, hares ears, North Fork Specials, or halfbacks under an indicator for better action. Flows are 491 cfs
Book a float on the lower Clarks Fork and have some fun!
The lower part of the Clarks Fork Canyon is accessible for fishing. Fishing action has improved and the flows have dropped to the point access is better and so is wading safely.
Trudes, Wulffs, humpies, stimulators, ho candy, elk hair caddis work well in the canyon this time of year.
Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.
Crandall is still dirty from the rain on Monday, but Sunlight and Dead Indian Creeks are in great shape. The fishing has been consistently good for brookies, rainbows and cutthroat.
The trout will be looking up for caddis flies 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.
Drop a North Fork Special (size 8-12) tan below a large dry and have fun!
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.
Open to fishing!!! The Lamar and its tributaries, Slough, Soda and Pebble Creek are fishing well. Caddis are out everywhere right now, with some pale morning duns and Flavs. Hoppers, ants and beetles are beginning to work better than matching the hatches now.
Anglers need to know there will be few days left to enjoy Soda Butte Creek. The NPS plans to poison Soda Butte down to the Icebox Canyon in August to eliminate brook trout. Time is short to enjoy the wild trout fishing on upper Soda Butte Creek.
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 hot temperatures. This week, the lake has good water temps and the trout have been responding well to flies, particularly leech patterns during the day. Skating caddis in the morning and evening hours has been productive too.
West Newton water temperatures are still in the safe range for trout.
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 perfect.
Chironomid/midge pupa, hoppers, scuds, ants, beetles, pine squirrel leeches and bowtie midges.
Fly fishing well.
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.