Shoshone River, Wyoming Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Shoshone River, Wyoming Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The Shoshone tailwater will be the subject of our fishing reports through March. The North Fork is currently frozen over. The Lower Shoshone River is a great fall through spring fishery due to lower flows and consistent water temperatures. Rainbow, browns, cuttbow and cutthroat inhabit the river.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
2 / 24 / 2021
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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: 247

Visibility: 38 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 10-4

Best stretch: Below Buffalo Bill Dam down river to Willwood Dam.

Best access point: Hayden Arch Bridge, 12th St., 19th St., Cooper Lane

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

BWO's and lmidges. Some winter stone activity through town. Winter stone nymphs work better than a dry fly pattern.

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

Fishing season: January - December

Nearest airport: Cody, WY

Person Fishing in a stream

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

Nymphs, wet flies or streamers Czech nymphing techniques also effective. Hatches are mid morning through late afternoon. Midges and BWO's (heavy in the afternoon) are the hatches now. Dry fly time is 2-4 pm.

7-Day Forecast

Temperatures in the Cody area are warming up. Temps will be above zero with some snow flurries. It will be great to back on the lower Shoshone! Flows through town 251. At Willwood Dam flows are 348


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