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 - Shoshone River
The Shoshone River is one of the most under fished rivers in the general Yellowstone
National Park area. It provides great fishing throughout most of its length.  It has two
major forks.

The North Fork of the Shoshone River starts in the Absaroka Wilderness in
Yellowstone National Park and flows for approximately fifteen miles. The upper section
must be accessed via horseback or by foot. Most of the trout in the North Fork are
small, averaging about eight to twelve inches, but they are plentiful. You can access
the lower and middle parts of the North Fork from highways 14, 16 and 20. It follows the
highway to the East Entrance to the park. Rainbow and cutthroat trout are much larger
in the lower section of the river. Eighteen inch trout are not uncommon. August is a
good time to fish either section of the North Fork.

The South Fork of the Shoshone River begins in the Washakie Wilderness area and
flows almost twenty-five miles through public land or National Forest. The fish in the
South Fork average small, or about eight to twelve inches and are mostly cutthroats
and rainbows. There are some browns in the lower section.

The South Fork of the Shoshone River starts Southwest of Cody, Wyoming in the
Washakie Wilderness. From where it begins, the South Fork flows for about 25 miles
through National Forest. Fishing is good for brook and cutthroat trout that average
8-14 inches.

In the fall some good browns will make their way into the upper section. The upper
sections are only accessible by hiking or horseback. The section of the river that is not
in the wilderness area flows through private property. There are a few access points
along the way.

The lower section of the main Shoshone River  is a tailwater that flows through Cody
Wyoming. It is fishable year round but we wouldn't recommend it for August over other
areas of the river.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh