Bighorn River, Green River, Wind River Fishing Report: BIG WATER is here in Wyoming! Our guides and company love to fish BIG water, and our motto is BIG water, BIG fish. These are some of the largest river flows that we have seen in April. Usually, our big water comes in during May, but this year the Bureau of Reclamation on the Bighorn/Wind River and Green River are letting out water much earlier this year in anticipation of the big spring runoff coming from the mountains. We applaud the Bureau of Reclamation for releasing water earlier this year with hopes that the rivers will not be flowing ridiculously high all summer. Fishing on both the Bighorn and Green Rivers has been decent. This last weekend was tough on the Bighorn River due to murky water (rain) and unstable flows. The key to good fishing with big water are flows that remain stable. They have been working on Boysen Dam and have had to adjust flows to accommodate that. Currently the river is at 3900 cfs, but will be bumping back up to 5500 cfs for ten days starting tomorrow. Hot flies include: annelids, sow bugs, and baetis patterns. We are starting to finally see some nice blue wing olive hatches. Keep posted for more to come! To see current river flows for the Bighorn River click HERE. To see current river flows for the Green River click HERE.
Wyoming Fly Fishing Spring Report: Bighorn, Green, Wind River
Bighorn River Fishing Report: The fly fishing on the Bighorn has been great this early spring. Guide Todd Helms had a great day fishing with The Coaches and caught their share of nice trout! The river is flowing at 2000 cfs while work is being done. Traffic is picking up and people are excited to to float. The Spring Flush is projected for March 28th. We will keep you posted as more information is available from the Bureau of Reclamation. In April, the river will be up to 3500-4000 cfs in order to help compensate for our large snowpack/runoff. It is melting by the day at a reasonable rate, and Boysen Reservoir is currently at 85.4% full. It seems like we are in for a great year with plenty of water. Our guides have some of the best experience for big water and know how to find the sweet spots! Hot flies right now are: annelids, sow bugs, midges, and the occasional streamer.
Green River Fishing Report: The Green River below Fontenelle is increasing the water flow this week. Fishing will be a little finicky until the river flows stabilize at a consistent flow. It is going to be a big water year, but our guides’ experience and being in drift boats make all the difference for a good day on the Green River. We have caught some of our largest trout on big water years and look forward to what this spring and early summer will bring.
Bighorn River Fly Fishing Spring Report: The Bighorn River in Thermopolis is currently flowing at 2067 cfs and Boysen Dam is currently sitting at 87.1 % full, which is slightly down from last week in the reservoir. The Bureau of Reclamation is upping flows early this year due to the high snowpack and anticipated high water flows this year. To see most current Wind River/Bighorn River water flows and information click HERE.
Fishing on the Bighorn has definitely picked up from the winter. The fishing has been great and we are really enjoying the higher water flows. The spawning fish are going to get a little more relief this year with the higher water flows. Wedding of the Waters is getting crowded on the weekends and anglers are definitely excited to get out and fish. You can tell it has been a long winter and cabin fever has set in. Hot flies include annelids, sow bugs, midges, streamers. We had a wonderful day this week with long time friends and guests, Pam and Steve. It is always a treat to fish with such great people!
Bighorn River Fish Camp Thermopolis, Wyoming: Dunoir Fishing Adventures is slowly developing our property on the Bighorn River. Our good friend, Jason Redman and the Phat Foam Crew helped us out this weekend move our composting toilet and worked on improving our river access road to our private boat launch. We are slowly working on getting the Bighorn River Fish Camp set up. Right now we are using fish camp for our guides, friends, and family but do have plans for our fishing guests. Keep posted for more to come. Thanks again to Phat Foam, Steve and Pam, and our wonderful family and friends for such an amazing weekend working and fishing. We are truly blessed!
Bighorn River Fishing Report: Water Flows & Flush-Boysen Dam is starting to bump water flows on the Wind – Bighorn River. According to the Bureau of Reclamation river flows will be around 2000 cfs for March. It is anticipated that the spring flush will be happening around March 28th. This is subject to change should the weather have other ideas. April water flows will be around 3000-3500 cfs. To see most current Wind/Bighorn River water flow click: HERE
The snowpack in the Wind River and Absaroka Mountains is quite abundant this year. It is reminiscent of 2011; the last big water year that we have experienced. The Bighorn River, Green River, and Wind River along with many waters around the state will be running full this year if snowpack is a predictor of anything. We took a scouting trip into the head of of the Wind River/Bighorn River headwaters region at the Ram’s Horn Guest Ranch. Our cabins are completely buried under huge wind blown drifts. We will continue to monitor the high country and keep you posted on those conditions.
Bighorn River Fishing Report Wyoming River Flows: The Bighorn River flows are starting to bump up due to the amount of snow in the Wind River and Owl Creek Mountains. Flows have ramped up from 900 to 1525 cfs as of today. Boysen Reservoir is currently 88.8% at capacity. It is expected that the river will soon be up to 2100 cfs. Keep posted to see when the Spring Flush will be happening. It will be this month and more info coming tomorrow. To see most current releases from Boysen Dam: Wind River and Bighorn Rivers click HERE. The Bighorn River was off color and had quite a bit of moss floating in it yesterday, but the weather, company and fishing were great. The moss and clarity will only get better as the river flows stabilize. Hot flies: annelids, sow bugs, streamers. Keep posted for Green River water flow information coming soon. It is going to be a big water year!
Bighorn River Fishing Report Thermopolis, Wyoming: Dunoir Fishing Adventures guides have been busy guiding on the Bighorn River this last week. The fly fishing has been absolutely outstanding and the weather has been wonderful for winter. There have been a few storms that have rolled in lately and that seems to slow the fishing down just a bit, but as soon as the temperatures come up so does the fishing. Guide Jeff Judkins had three great days out with one of our favorite guests, Ed, on the Bighorn River. The fishing was lights out each day. Ed pulled in some nice trout on annelids, midges, sow bugs, and had one great day on streamers. Always fun.
Guide, Todd Helms, helped out with Trout Unlimited Bighorn River Clean Up day and hauled in a boat load of trash. This is the first annual event that brought in several guides from the area and spearheaded out of Cody, Wyoming. We were happy to see this event come into fruition as it has been talked about a lot but never done. We appreciate all those volunteers who came to clean the Bighorn River up just in time for spring fishing. We know all people who will float and fish the Bighorn River this year will be happy to see how clean the river is right now!
On another note, guide Jeramie Prine, snowmobiled into the headwaters of the Bighorn River (Wind and Dunoir Rivers) this weekend and there is a tremendous amount of snow in the high country. Early summer conditions will be very interesting. More on that to come in the next report. Keep posted.
Bighorn River & Wind River Fishing Report: Last week with the sudden heating up in the weather, the Bighorn River was chocolate milk from Buffalo Creek to north of town. This weekend the Bighorn River cleared up and the fishing was pretty good. Standard winter, spring flies are pulling fish right now. Think annelids, sow bugs, and midge patterns. There is the occasional blue-wing olive hatching, but the big hatch has not started just yet. The Wind River below Boysen dam boat ramps are super hairy right now and the fishing is only so-so. The cold temperatures seem to be putting the fish down and has them holding in deep water. Heads up that there will be a Bighorn River Cleanup Day this Sunday, February 19, 2017. There will be lots of boats and clean up crews on the water.
Green River Fontenelle Fishing Report: The fishing on the Green River below Fontenelle has been pretty darn good for mid-winter. Fishing has been lights out in the mornings and then slowing up in the afternoons when the air temperatures begin to drop. We had several great days over on the Green River last week with long time guest, Ed. Hot flies were: annelids, sow bugs, and midges. We definitely got luck with little to no wind and clear, sunny skies. Boat ramps are still really tricky and just plan on getting stuck a time or two. There have been lots of wade fisherman out trying to shake cabin fever. What a great place to do just that. Get out and enjoy some winter Wyoming fly fishing!
Green River Fishing Report: Guides Jeramie and Jeff scouted the Green River below Fontenelle Dam two days ago. The boat ramps were snowed in and temperatures were cold, but the fishing was lights out! Big browns and rainbows most of the day. Hot flies include: midges, sow bugs, worms, and baetis patterns. We will be guiding multiple days on the Green River this week so keep posted.
Bighorn River Fishing Report: The Bighorn River in Thermopolis is fishing well right now. We received a good amount of snow making ramps a bit cumbersome, but the fishing is pretty good right now. Not too many browns, but lots of rainbows. River is ice free and floatable to Hot Springs State Park. Hot flies: midges, sow bugs, worms. Keep posted for more reports to come as we are guiding in the next few days!
Bighorn River Fishing Conditions Wyoming: Good news! The warm weather this week helped to defrost the river. The ice dam between Wedding of the Waters and Hot Springs State Park is now gone! There is little to no ice floating down the river and conditions are in good shape for winter fly fishing. This weekend is the last to hunt waterfowl. We had a great weekend this last week with good luck with both the cast and the blast. There was never a dull moment in the boat. Hot flies right now are worms, midges, sowbugs, and streamers. Our guides love fishing in all conditions and seasons, but winter is a whole different special. Not much traffic on the river, nice backdrop, and stellar fly fishing. We are still offering our winter special for $350 (one angler or two).
Bighorn River Fishing Report Wyoming: WARNING! Ice dam blocking the river at the railroad trestle between Wedding of Waters and 8th Street bridge. There is currently no way to get a boat over or through the dam at this point. Floating ice from 8th Street to Hot Springs State Park Rainbow Terraces and complete ice over north of Thermopolis. Temperatures have gone from negative digits and are slowly climbing. Temperatures are supposed to climb into the 40’s this week. The ice dam should break up in those digits by this week. We will keep you posted as soon as it opens up.
Today we floated the river and had a wonderful day cast and blasting. The fly fishing and the waterfowl hunting were absolutely superb. We were able to take our boat out on private property above the ice dam enabling us to float the upper Bighorn. A huge thank you to the landowners! We boated several nice rainbows and a couple of cutthroats today and two birds in the boat. Key flies right now are midges, baetis, worms, and sowbugs. It is 2017 so don’t forget to AIS boat sticker when floating on Wyoming waters.