Fishing Season: March - early November

Shoshone River - WY

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

44

North Fork Anglers's Tip of the Week

The North Fork of the Shoshone is fishing great above the annual closure at Newton Creek. The trout have run late this spring. More and more should be arriving each day. Rainbow, browns, cuttbow and Yellowstone cutthroat inhabit the river. PLEASE NOTE: The North Fork has an annual closure to protect spawning trout from the west end of Buffalo Bill Reservoir up the North Fork of the Shoshone to Newton Creek. The closure begins April 1 and goes through June 30. Above Newton Creek, the North Fork is open to angling.

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5-Day Outlook as of 5/5/21

Temps will be in the 50's this week. Rain and some snow is forecast for the weekend in the upper reaches of the North Fork of the Shoshone. Bundle up and keep on fishing!

Techniques & Tips as of 5/5/21

Nymphs, wet flies and streamers are best for spring fishing on the North Fork of the Shoshone.

Current Conditions as of 5/5/21

Temps will be in the 50's this week. Rain and some snow is forecast for the weekend in the upper reaches of the North Fork of the Shoshone. Bundle up and keep on fishing!

Local Species Available March - early November

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    Cutthroat

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    brown

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    rainbow

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    cutt-bow

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    Yellowstone cutthroat

North Fork Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Flashback Hares Ear Nymph tan 6-12
Lynch's Double Dot Egg orange, pink, red 14
Bead Head Rubber-Legged Orvis CJ black, brown or oliv 4-10
Bead Body Scud olive or gray 12
Wade's North Fork Special Hot orange bead blac 6-12
Wooly bugger olive, black, brown 4-10
TH 20 Incher peacock 6-10
Lightning Bug silver or purple 10-14
Zonkers white, purple, black, brown, olive or white 4-10
Cone head Rabbit streamers black, purple, white, olive, yellow/brown 2-6

Flashback Hares Ear Nymph

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North Fork Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About Shoshone River

The North Fork of the Shoshone lies inside the Shoshone National Forest. The river is closed at Newton Creek down river to the river's confluence at Buffalo Bill Reservoir until July 1 to protect spawning trout. The river flows into Buffalo Bill Reservoir and reaches 70 miles into the Shoshone National Forest. A valid Wyoming fishing license is required. Check your fishing regs to make sure you are not fishing closed sections of the river!!!!!!!

Nearest Airport:

Cody, WY

Hatches:

There are no hatches to speak of right now. We expect March Browns and Skwalla stoneflies to be showing up any day now.

Best Time to Fish:

All day!!

Best Stretch:

Above Newton Creek to the Yellowstone Park east entrance.

Best Access:

There are plenty of turnouts on the road to Yellowstone. Access is good except for some tributaries entering the North Fork from the South.