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Fly Fishing The Shoshone River
The Shoshone River is one of the most under-fished
rivers in the general Yellowstone area. It provides great
fishing throughout most of its length. It has two major
forks, both of which provide very good fly fishing
opportunities. Fly fishing the Shoshone River can be a
wonderful experience few anglers take advantage of.
The North Fork of the Shoshone River starts in the
Absaroka Wilderness in Yellowstone National Park and
flows for approximately fifteen miles. The upper section
must be accessed via horseback or by foot. Most of the
trout in the North Fork are small, averaging about eight
to twelve inches, but they are plentiful.
You can access the lower and middle parts of the North
Fork from highways 14, 16 and 20. The highway to the
East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park follows the
North Fork of the Shoshone. Rainbow and cutthroat
trout are much larger in the lower section of the river
than they are in the upper section. Eighteen inch trout
are not uncommon. Late Spring, Summer and early Fall
is a good time to fish either the upper of the lower
section of the North Fork.
The South Fork of the Shoshone River begins in the
Washakie Wilderness area and flows almost twenty-five
miles through public land or National Forest. The fish in
the South Fork average a small size, or about eight to
twelve inches and are mostly cutthroats and rainbows.
There are some browns in the lower section.
The South Fork's beginning is southwest of Cody
Wyoming. Fishing is good for brook trout and cutthroat
trout that average about 8 to14 inches.
During the Fall some large browns will make their way
into the upper sections of the South Fork to spawn. Fly
fishing the Shoshone River in its upper sections, South
or North Fork, requires hiking or a horse back trip. The
section of the river that's not in the wilderness area flows
through private property. There are a few access points
along the way.
The lower section of the main Shoshone River is a
tailwater that flows through Cody Wyoming below Buffalo
Bill Dam. It's fishable year-round. There is access in the
town of Cody and downstream towards Powell.
The season varies with the section of the river.
Winter fishing is possible below Buffalo Bill Dam.
Late Spring can be good except during runoff.
Summertime is the most popular time to fish the river.
Early Fall may be the best time of the year to fish the
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