Reports for Shoshone River Drainages

North Fork Shoshone River

July 27, 2020 11:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The North Fork of the Shoshone is rated as one of the best freestone rivers in the northern Rocky Mtn West. The river fishes best March through the end of October. CFS: 1060  Flows are rapidly dropping on the river now. Water quality on the upper North Fork is improving. Guided trips have gone well even though the water is still high (it is early July yet) and and in great shape inside the Shoshone National Forest. The river has cleared, but flows are swift and heavy in the Wapiti Valley. Weather is not as hot and bright the early... View Article

South Fork

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The South Fork of the Shoshone is a smaller version of the North Fork of the Shoshone, with more boulders and pocket water and less public access to BLM, State or USFS land. CFS: 583 cfs  Flow readings are in the South Fork Valley section, 30 miles from Cody. Wading will be difficult in many places. Flows are still high and swift. Water quality through Valley on the upper S. Fork has improved enough to fish well but is still a glacier greenish gray. The river is loses clarity below the Valley section where irrigation returns hit the lower S. Fork... View Article

Lower Shoshone Tailwater

July 27, 2020 11:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Flows: CFS 1280 (gauge ??)  Buffalo Bill Reservoir is completely full, so the BuRec has to release more water to keep the dam from breaching.  Water quality is getting better as the flows drop and Buffalo Bill Reservoir waters clear. Fish the canyon and the section through town. Wade carefully if in the canyon or swifter sections through town. Rafts, not driftboats, are recommended at these flows. Caddis, and golden stoneflies are out in the canyon. Some action on these flies in the slower sections. Not much dry fly action due to flows below town. Wet flies; Purple and Peacock Prince,... View Article