Lower Shoshone Tailwater

November 9, 2021 9:00 am

Flows:  261 cfs. 

Flows are down now 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 very well. 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. Water temps are in the low 50’s and water quality is low and clear.

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.

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages as regularly as some of you would like to see. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers cannot sit at the computer all day posting updates. We are still guiding anglers taking advantage of the low flows and mild fall weather, as well as answering phones, helping retail customers, etc. We do hope you understand our predicament and forgive us for any oversight when it comes to the fishing reports. 

So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop during 2021 to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of current information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept our doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.

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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