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Fly Fishing New Fork River Wyoming
The New Fork River begins from New Fork Lakes on the
Wind River Mountain Range and flows for fifty miles from
its beginning through Pinedale, Wyoming. It's a tributary
of the Green River. Most of the river flows through a
valley surrounded by ranches. This stream's name is
often spelled as the Newfork River. This is a little fished
river, not very well known to non-locals, and they seem
to like it that way. That is a good reason to fish it.  

The New Fork is as good of a brown trout stream as
there is in Wyoming. It has the perfect habitat with lots of
logs, undercut banks and slow to moderate water that
meanders back and forth through mostly open country
with some scrub bushes and willows. In addition to its
brown trout, it also has rainbows and brook trout along
with plenty of whitefish. It widens out when it receives
water from Duck Creek and can be floated from that
point downstream.

The stream can be fished from a few places where there
is public access but it is best to float the river in a drift
boat. The river isn't the easiest one you could pick to
float. It contains some hazards along the way so you
should be extra cautious and have some help along with

The stream is easy to access from U. S. highway #191
near Pinedale. There's a boat launch at the Mesa Road
Bridge on county road #123. There's the Ecklund Public
access near the end of the airport runway about 5 miles
south of Pinedale. There's an unpaved road that leads
to this area where you can wade and fish. The Ziegler
Access has a boat launch just north of Boulder on off
county road #136. Three miles south of Boulder and
four miles down county road #106 you will find a
primitive camping area on the river. There are a few
other places you can access the lower end of the river
and others near its headwaters.

This stream is often best fished with streamers. That's
one of the best ways to hook into one of its large brown
trout. It has plenty of aquatic insect hatches but the
large browns rarely take flies from the surface. You are
much better off fishing nymphs and streamers.

Pale Morning Duns, Blue-winged olives Small Western
Green Drake and Tricos make up the major mayfly

Spotted Sedges, Little Black Caddis, Short-horned
Sedges and October caddis make up the major caddisfly

Little Yellow Stoneflies, Golden Stoneflies, Winter
stoneflies and a few others make up the majority of the
Stonefly population.

Terrestrial insects can also be important during
Summer. Ants, beetles and hoppers are plentiful along
the river. Sculpin and baitfish are very plentiful.

The best time for fly fishing the New Fork River is from
just after runoff to the end of September.
The lower end of the river can be fished prior to runoff.
Summertime is the best time for fly fishing the New Fork.
Fall provides some good opportunities for a large
pre-spawn brown trout in the lower river.

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Type of Stream

Cutthroat (Native)
Brown Trout (Wild)
Rainbow (Wild)
Brook (Wild)

Small to Medium

Southwestern Wyoming

Nearest Towns

April 1 - October 31

Poor, it is best floated

Special Regulations

Non-Resident License
State of Wyoming

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