We arrived in Cody on July 14 and had a good dinner there in town. Got the camper set up at the Ponderosa Campground right in town. It is a good location with quite a few trees and the prices were really good especially considering the place filled up every single night. We stayed there all 9 days.
Monday morning we started out on the North Fork of the Shoshone River. We were greeted by a beautiful morning.
Rick and I both caught some nice fish right off the bat.
I caught my fish on that first morning on a Bloody Mary sz 12 and a Green Copper John sz 16.
We later went to the North Fork Anglers Fly Shop and picked up a bunch of North Fork Specials and a few other things. We spent a couple days prospecting and found us a few really good places to fish.
The Shoshone National Forest is beautiful and I could have spent the entire time taking pictures but I was there to fish. The camera spent most of the time in the Trailblazer.
Our first crack at stillwater fishing in Cody was at Newton Lake not far from town. We were mainly gunning for browns with olive Woolly Buggers and had some good success. Fishing the cattails was fun and infuriating all at once!
The browns fought like bulls but the big rainbows in the lake seemed to tire quickly in the warm water.
We also managed to hit Lily Lake up in the Beartooth Mountains for some small fish on dries. The drive on the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway was a lot of fun with great views everywhere we turned....and we turned a LOT!!!
We had to get up early in the morning and caught a nice sunrise.
Lily Lake was a nice place to fish but the fish were small. It was still fun to throw a nice, light Elk Hair Caddis and catch some dimpling trout.
On the way back to Cody we did some fishing in the Clark's Fork. We didn't kill them but I managed to catch a couple more fish.
We did a lot more fishing in the North Fork of the Shoshone and had our best success there.
We were really lucky to get to spend a day with Larry Mcnerney in his drift boat on the Bighorn River. I had an off day but Rick tore them up on a red San Juan Worm that by most accounts wasn't going to work.
Here is Rick with a colorful Rainbow.
These fish have some gorgeous color and were really temperamental and nasty.
Another broad-shouldered Bow!
This river is a beauty and it was a privilege to float with Larry!
Here is Larry stripping...er...stripping streamers.
Nice photos, looks like a great trip. Manage to catch any grayling out of lily? I stocked a few thousand in there while working as a seasonal with a hatchery in Wyoming a few years back.
No, we didn't catch any grayling which was the main reason we went there. After the fact one of the guys at North Fork Anglers says he catches them on the outflow. We didn't try that.
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[QUOTE=shortyb;579378]Those photos are great, the color and framing is awesome. Looks like a great trip! This area is truly stunning, and you did a great job capturing it.
Ps. Next time come visit me over the pass for your dry fly fix and more twisty roads of beauty. Chief Joseph, and Beartooth pass are some the most stunning drives/rides in the US.[COLOR="Silver"]
We'll definitely take you up on it. I can't wait to get a chance to go back.
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Thanks for the nice comments about my photos. I am just an average photographer but it is nice to achieve some success capturing a portion of the beauty I got to witness and share with others who appreciate it.