Lower Shoshone Tailwater

September 23, 2021 9:00 am

Flows:  1100 cfs. 

The lower Shoshone is fishing great again now that Buffalo Bill Reservoir has cleared.  This tail water is an excellent dry, nymph or streamer river. The trout sizes run the gamut, but the fishing is always good to awesome when the river is clear. Water temps are very good too!!

Nymphing is most productive with bead-head nymphs smaller than size 8. The dry fly fishing is also good when one spots rising trout. Hoppers and caddis are great choices midday and late on the river. Blue wing olives and midges on the river are also bringing trout to the surface now mid-morning to early afternoon – especially in the long 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.

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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