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November 26, 2014  

Rest in Peace Wayne Lundvall. Thanks for the memories

This weekend's weather forecast is conducive for time spent fly fishing. Flows are good on our tailwaters and the hatches - bwo's, midges and fall caddis - have the trout rising to dries, sipping emergers. In a few words, the fly fishing has been outstanding since the blast of winter left early this week. Get out and enjoy the fishing!

Flows on the North and South Forks have been dropping steadily now that temperatures have dropped below freezing. Fishing on freestone's (waters without a dam on them) has slowed to peak times during the day. The South Fork fishes better than the North Fork when winter conditions prevail.
 
Our winter hours for the shop. We are open Monday through Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday. 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!
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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.

The North Fork is starting to slow down after another great season.  Most of the fish have migrated back to the lake were they will grow big and fat in anticipation for next spring's run. 

Flows on the North Fork are 241cfs


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 flows on the South Fork are dropping and the fishing is good to very good from midday through late afternoon. The flows are 131 cfs at Valley school, quite a drop in flows from the week before the deep freeze hit WY last week. 

The fishing has been very good using nymphs, or streamers.  Baetis and fall caddis are the hatches. Browns, cutthroat, rainbows and brook trout are the objects of desire.

Try using PT nymphs, copper johns, hares ears, NF Specials and prince nymphs.  We have a full selection of big meaty streamers if you want to target the brown of a lifetime.


 



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!

Flows are dropping down to winter flows now. We have had fantastic luck on dry dropper rigs using firebead sow bugs and San Juan worms.  The bwo's and midges are really popping and streamer action is getting better every day.  This is the perfect time to be on the lower Sho-Sho(Shoshone). Mild weather is returning for the next several weeks, so enjoy the fine fall fishing on this great tail water.

Flows are 398.0 cfs today. 

 




BIGHORN RIVER/WIND RIVER/THERMOPOLIS AREA FISHING REPORT

The flow on the Bighorn has been holding at 927 cfs for over a week now.  Fall fishing has been great on the Wyoming section of the Bighorn River. Lots of Baetis, midge and caddis activity.
BWO's, sowbugs, scuds, San Juan worms, pt nymphs, hares ear's, and streamers are all taking fish consistently. Fishing has been very good using hot headed sowbugs, sparkle duns and BWO emergers until the winds hit late Sunday afternoon. Winter weather is supposde to leave this week with a good weather window through the end of November in the forecast. 

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. With temps in the 20 below range the past week, fishing the upper Clarks Fork will be an exercise in futility. Fish below the mouth of the canyon until late spring 2015.

LOWER CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT





The Clarks Fork is in great shape this fall.  Higher than normal flows have kept anglers and the trout extremely happy.  Big Browns are becoming predatory and this is definitely the time to catch the fish of a lifetime.  The flows on the Clarks fork are 457 cfs at the WY/MT border.

There has been a strong emergence of BWO's and midges that have the fish looking up.  Try hanging some PT nymphs, copper johns, hares ears, or lightning bugs under a big dry fly for some good action.  For those looking for big browns it's time to break out the double jointed streamers. 



CANYON SECTION OF CLARKS FORK FISHING REPORT



The lower part of the Clarks Fork Canyon is still accessible for fishing. Water temps are dropping quickly in the canyon due to the extensive shade the canyon creates.  Fish the heat of the day and use standard nymph rigs or streamers for best success.
 

 

SUNLIGHT, DEAD INDIAN and CRANDALL CREEKS FISHING REPORT

Dead Indian, Sunlight and Crandall.

The fishing is about finished on these three tributaries of the upper Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Deep snow and low water temps will work against the angler now. Fish these streams in 2015 once the snow has begun to melt again.







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



While ice covers most of these two lakes, the recent warming trend has opened some pockets along the shore. Fish the open areas for success. Time is getting short on both these waters before they are iced over completely until some time in March, 2015. 



LUCE RESERVOIR FISHING REPORT



Frozen! Few open water areas left  to cast a line into.
Fish next year in March.







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