Shoshone River, Wyoming Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Shoshone River, Wyoming Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The North Fork of the Shoshone River the fishery we will be reporting on now through late October. The North Fork is open to fishing above (upstream) Newton Creek/Springs now. The closure on the river downstream on the North Fork is in effect, April 1 through July 1. River flows and water quality is very good. So is the fly fishing!
Fishing Report Last Updated:
4 / 15 / 2019
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Shoshone River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Boulder Basin Outfitters
North Fork Anglers

Water flow: 550

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 38 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All day.

Best stretch: Inside Shoshone National Forest, upstream from Newton Creek

Best access point: Lots of parking areas in the Shoshone National Forest to walk in and fish.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

No hatches yet due to water temperatures. Fish nymphs deep or pull streamers (see recommendations above) Fish often, fish hard!

Fish species: Cutthroat, brown, rainbow, cutt-bow, brown trout, mountain whitefish

Fishing season: January - December

Nearest airport: Cody, WY

Shoshone River Description

The Shoshone River drains the East side of Yellowstone Park and has 3 sections - the S. Fork, N. Fork and the lower Shoshone tailwater downstream of Buffalo Bill Dam. Big browns, rainbows and cutthroat are what make this river such a popular fishery. All are within minutes from Orvis Endorsed North Fork Anglers in downtown Cody, WY.

This report is current for the lower Shoshone tailwater

Techniques & Tips

Fishing nymphs is best for consistent hookups all day with the increased flows. Streamers also good. We recommend Tan or black North Fork Specials, large rubber-legs, bead-head stones, Prince nymphs and bloody Mary's, size 4-10 for best results on the North Fork in early April. Heavy tippet and leaders (1X-3X) recommended if you want to put fish in your net for a photo.

7-Day Forecast

Weather is to be good until mid-week. Temps in the 50's, then rain and snow Wednesday (4/17). Weather is to return to partly sunny with average temps forecast the rest of April.


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