Bighorn / Wind River

September 23, 2021 9:00 am

Flows remain lower than normal on the Bighorn/Wind River. There are NO water closures due to water temps! Water quality is good above the Wind River Canyon below Boysen Dam through the town of Thermopolis and downstream to the Black Mountain Game and Fish Access area. Lots of moss has created problems when nymphing or fishing streamers. This happens every year, but, it’s still a pain to clean flies after every cast!!

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages since mid-July. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers has had one of the busiest guided trip and in-the-fly-shop tourist season EVER!

So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept the doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.

Even though the waters have been the lowest seen since 1996, the fishing has been very good. Water temps have been in the comfort zone for trout and these are dropping again as the days shorten and the nights lengthen. We are still heavily booked for guided trips and encourage those looking for a guide in September through October to call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for the ability to immediately reserve dates and guides. Hopefully, we can keep up with the fishing report going forward!!

Nymph and streamer fishing is the name of the game with some dry action on Tricos, hoppers, ants and smaller caddis.

Book a guided trip with North Fork Anglers and we will show you how big the trout can be!


Flies:  Nymphs – Zebra midges, San Juan Worms,  Gummy worms, Yum Yum scud, Small Pheasant Tails, pink, orange, gray or olive Scuds, pink soft hackle sow bug, smaller Pats Rubber Legs, Jig-head Spanish bullet nymphs, midge pupa, wire worm, smaller North Fork Specials, black or tan.

Dry: Caddis, blue wing olives, blue wing olive rusty spinners, midges

Streamer patterns. Zirdles, Leeches, woolly buggers and cone-head zonkers, double bunnies, sex dungeons and muddler minnows are also taking trout.


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