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Fly Fishing The Wind River Wyoming
The Wind River is one of Wyoming's most overlooked
trout stream. Its trout fishing opportunities rival any of
the other streams in the state. It is one of our favorite
western trout streams. Fly fishing the Wind River is
usually a big adventure anywhere you choose to fish the
There are two sections to the Wind River. The upper
section of freestone stream water and the tailwater
section below Boysen Reservoir. Fishing all but two
miles of its water in the tailwater section requires a
permit from the Wind River Indian Reservation. The
thirty miles of water above the dam doesn't.
The upper freestone section has plenty of access
because it flows through the Shoshone National Forest.
Its is rather small to medium in size, depending on the
location, and generally easy to wade. Its trout, mostly
rainbows and brook trout, probably average less than
12 inches in the uppermost sections. The trout below
the confluence of the Jakey's Fork are larger and
average close to 15 inches with many much larger. The
river is quite larger in this section.
Jakey's Fork itself is a fine trout stream. It doesn't have
much public access, but what's available is well worth
fishing. It has a good population of brown, rainbow and
The best of the Wind River's fly fishing opportunities lies
below the Boysen Reservoir in the tailwater section. It
flows through a deep, wild and rugged, but beautiful
fifteen-mile long canyon. All but two miles of this water
lies on the Wind River Indian Reservation. This section
hold some huge trout. The Wind River Canyon has
brown, rainbow and some cutthroat trout with many
going 18 inches and better. Access is easy. U. S.
Highway #20 follows the river though the canyon.
The aquatic population is great through out the Wind
River and even in the tailwater section. Hatches are
more than common for a tailwater. It often requires
matching the hatch in order to catch its large trout. Fly
fishing the Wind River provides the best opportunity you
will get to catch a large rainbow trout from a river.
The season varies with the section of the river.
Winter fishing is can be very good in the tailwater
Late Spring before the runoff, can be good on the upper
river above the reservoir. Early spring can be good in
the tailwater section.
Summertime flows run high in the tailwater. The upper
section of the Wind River can be good.
Late Fall may be the best time of the year to fish the
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