Planning Your Fly-fishing Trip To Yellowstone
|........................... ......................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park
When to Come and What To Expect:
Fly Fishing: Outside Yellowstone National Park - July - Shoshone River
The North Fork, South Fork and Lower Shoshone River offers some of the best trout
fishing in the greater Yellowstone area. The North Fork actually starts in Yellowstone
National Park and flows east mostly along highways leading from Cody Wyoming to the
park's East Entrance. Access isn't a problem for the most part because it flows through
the Shoshone National Forest and Washakie Wilderness. Only about eighteen miles of
the river, out of about sixty-eight miles, flows through private and BLM property. The
river has plenty of wild rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. The trout probably average
about 16 inches.
The North Fork of the river gets into its prime season the first part of July. Most anglers
prefer to fish the Shoshone River from a drift boat but that isn't always necessary.
There are plenty of areas it can be waded and fished. In addition, there are plenty of
tributaries that can be fished.
The South Fork of the Shoshone River flows from the Washakie Wilderness. The lower
32 miles of the river can be accessed from state highway 291 that runs southwest out
of Cody Wyoming. When you reach the forest it turns into forest road #479. The upper
part of the river, about 35 miles in length, must be hiked into or reached by a
horseback trip. This is an excellent, little fished area well worth the trip. We suggest
arranging this with a local outfitter because it is very remote and rugged country. The
fishing is excellent in the upper part of the South Fork.
The Lower South Fork is a tailwater formed by the confluence of both the North and
South Forks that flow into Buffalo Bill Reservoir. The best part of this tailwater flows
right through the city of Cody Wyoming. Floating is the best way to fish the lower river.
Although it is possible to fish the taiwater section in July, we recommend the South and
North Forks of the river over the tailwater during the month of July.
This river is one of the most overlooked rivers in the West. It sees few anglers in
comparison to other rivers, many of which do not provide near as good of fly fishing
opportunities. This is true of the North Fork even though it has miles of access. All
three sections of the Shoshone have excellent populations of wild trout. The South
Fork has some huge brown trout. All of them have native Yellowstone Cutthroats. All
three have trout that average a very large size. What are you waiting on?