Lower Shoshone Tailwater

January 5, 2021 9:00 am

Flows:  261 cfs. 

Flows are are at winter levels not that the irrigation releases have been stopped until mid-April 2022. The lower Shoshone below Buffalo Bill down river to Willwood Dam has been fishing fair to excellent, depending on air temperatures. Water temps are high 40’s below town, low-50’s closer to the hot springs above the 12th Street Bridge. Floating is still doable, but there are places where boats will drag or even hang up now. This tail water is an excellent dry, nymph or streamer river. The trout sizes run the gamut, but the fishing for browns, rainbows and cutthroat is always good to awesome. Ice is building on the river below Willwood Dam.

Nymphing is most productive with bead-head nymphs smaller than size 8. The dry fly fishing is also good when one spots rising trout. Blue wing olives and midges are active on the river and bringing trout to the surface now mid-morning to early afternoon – especially in the longer runs and slower eddies.

Nymphs: Tan or black N. F. Specials, Pat’s stonefly, girdle bugs, midge pupae (Zebra midges, Palominos), Bitch Creeks, Tungsten Czech Princess Dark, copper John, Pheasant tails, Hare’s ears, pink soft hackle sowbugs, pink scuds and, or, your favorite nymphs for the Lo Sho.

Streamers are a mix. Buggers, Zonkers, Peanut Envy, Mini Peanut, Mouthwash, Sex Dungeon or your favorite streamer pattern.

Should you want an immediate update on flows, water quality, hatches, fly suggestions, we advise you call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for that. We also suggest and recommend that you do the same for the 2022 Guided Trip season to reserve dates and guides. We are already getting bookings for late spring and summer trips in 2022. If  you have your dates picked out, we urge you to get a deposit made as soon as possible so you don’t miss the chance to float or walk/wade Cody/Bighorn area rivers and streams. 





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