The fishing in the Cody/Yellowstone area was not affected by the Yellowstone floods – come out and enjoy the excellent fly fishing!

Bighorn / Wind River

March 16, 2023 9:00 am

975 CFS (approximately) BELOW BOYSEN DAM:  

Head’s up for the Wind/Bighorn River!! Flushing flows are scheduled around March 27 on the Bighorn. Flows are to increase to 4000 cfs to 5000 cfs on the date above. The flush is only scheduled to last 24 hours and no other flushing flows are scheduled so far. We will do our best to let you know if another flush is coming. 

Fishing has been  good in the Wind/Bighorn River near Thermopolis, WY. There has been spotty dry fly action on midges especially below the town of Thermopolis down to the Wakeley Anglers Access area.

Anglers consistently do well stripping streamers or dead drifting sowbugs, scuds, San Juan worms (or similar worm imitations), midge pupae patterns like Zebra midges, FRM’s, Hares ears, Pat’s rubber legs coffee/black, or girdle bugs, in black or brown colors and or Black or Tan versions of Wade’s North Fork Special under a strike indicator .

We have a warm up in late February, so get out and enjoy the Wind River Canyon (Wind River Reservation License required!!) or the fishing below Wedding of the Waters before another cold front pushes into the region around March 1.

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages as regularly as some of you would like to see. We do hope you understand our predicament and forgive us for any oversight when it comes to the fishing reports. 

Should you want an immediate update on flows, water quality, hatches, fly suggestions, we advise you call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for that. We also suggest and recommend that you do the same for the 2022 Guided Trip season to reserve dates and guides. We are already getting bookings for March through October guided float and walk/wade trips in 2022. If you have your dates picked out, we urge you to get a deposit made as soon as possible so you don’t miss the chance to float or walk/wade Cody/Bighorn area rivers and streams. 

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

Nymphs –  San Juan Worms,  Gummy worms,  red, orange or pink wire worms, Pats Rubber Legs, sizes 4-12; Yum Yum scud, Small Pheasant Tails, pink, orange, gray or olive Scuds, pink soft hackle sow bug, sizes 12-22. Jig-head Spanish bullet nymphs,  Rainbow Warriors, Meat Heads, midge pupae, Zebra midges, sizes 16-24,  smaller (12 or 14) North Fork Specials, black or tan versions.

Streamer patterns. Zirdle (best), crayfish, leeches, woolly buggers and cone-head zonkers, double bunnies, sex dungeons. Other leech or baitfish streamers not listed are also working. size 2-10.


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