Lower Shoshone Tailwater

October 20, 2020 11:00 am

Flows: CFS 608 cfs

Flows are dropping now that the irrigation season ended 10/15. Water quality is off color due to rain and some snowmelt entering from tributaries. This should improve once the rain stops and temperatures get cold again.

Fishing has been good all the way to Powell. North Fork Anglers is offering 3 float sections now for your enjoyment. Browns, rainbows, cutthroat, cutbows and the occasional tiger trout. Book a guided trip now. We have some slots open through November, when the lower Shoshone produces excellent fish in the net and bent rods!

Wading the Shoshone canyon and the section through town has also been good, especially in the late afternoon until dark. Wade carefully if in the canyon or swifter sections through town. Nymphing has been great in the canyon and the trout are responding to hoppers there, too.

Caddis, bwo’s and midges. Sparkle and or compara duns, rusty spinners, elk hair caddis, royal trudes, parachute Adams and spent mayfly or caddis patterns. Some action on hoppers but that is diminishing with the cold temps.

Wet flies; Purple and Peacock Prince, San Juan Worms, Pat’s rubber legs, black girdle bugs and black or tan North Fork Specials.

Streamers: Orange blossom, black, brown or dark olive Zonkers, darker colored Sculpinators, JJ Special conehead, Black Peanut Envy, dark Sex Dungeons, black or brown crystal buggers and other dark streamers that have a lot of hackle or movement.

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