Lower Shoshone Tailwater

August 23, 2021 9:00 am

Flows:  1090 cfs. 

The lower Shoshone was fishing great – until the rains came last week!! As of August 23, the river is dirty from runoff all the way through the system due to the rain and also from water being released below Buffalo Bill Dam. We hope the water conditions change quickly so we can get back on the river and enjoy this wonderful tail water fishery!! Water temps are very good compared to every other rivers and streams located in NW Wyoming or Yellowstone National Park.

Nymphing is most productive with bead-head nymphs smaller than size 8. The dry fly fishing is also good when one spots rising trout, especially after the sun sets. Hoppers and caddis are great choices early and late on the river. Midday go deeper using a hopper/nymph dropper rig.

Nymphs: Tan or black N. F. Specials, Pat’s stonefly, girdle bugs, 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.

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages since mid-July. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers has had one of the busiest guided trip and in-the-fly-shop tourist season EVER!

So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept the doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.

Even though the waters have been the lowest seen since 1996, the fishing has been very good in the Cody region. Water temps have been in the comfort zone for trout and these are dropping again as the days shorten and the nights lengthen. We are still heavily booked for guided trips and encourage those looking for a guide in September through October to call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for the ability to immediately reserve dates and guides. Hopefully, we can keep up with the fishing report going forward!!





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