Bighorn River & Dubois Fishing Reports: The fly fishing on the Bighorn has been pretty decent this week despite unfavorable looking water. Our guides Nick and Todd have been out several days this week, and have brought quite a few nice fish to the boat. Water is off-color and visibility is limited. Water flows on the Bighorn River are currently running at 7042 cfs and Boysen Reservoir is 73% full. Inflow is up to 15,640 cfs so we are definitely seeing the beginning of peak runoff. Guide Todd is out again today, so we will have more reports coming soon. Hot flies are sow bugs and annelids right now. The fly fishing in Dubois is still fairly limited with the Wind River running big and some flooding occurring. There are a few nice lakes to fish and a few tributaries that are fishing well.
Bighorn River Fishing Report: Spring Flows
The Bighorn River water flows have remained steady at 5500 cfs for several weeks. Inflow is roughly 2500 cfs and Boysen Reservoir is 61% full. We have a very large snowpack in the mountains surrounding the Bighorn Basin, and our first 80 degree weather is projected over the next few days. Lots of melting is going to happen, and we will keep you posted on conditions. Despite the winter storm this weekend and weather patterns the last few weeks we have been catching trout. It is not lights out like most Aprils we are all used too, but fish have to eat and our guides and guests have been bringing in a few nice sized trout each trip. Dunoir Fishing Adventures is happy with the high water! It should only help the fish populations and definitely helped the spawn this spring. We have more guide trips going out this week. Keep posted for more fishing reports and to check current water conditions on the Wind and Bighorn River please go to the Bureau of Reclamation’s website HERE.
Green River Fishing Report: Dam Release Schedule
Fontenelle Dam is scheduled to up the water release over the next few days. Guide Spike was on the Green River last week and water was murky with some improvement as the day went on. The fishing conditions aren’t as good as we saw them in while guiding in February and March. Weather temperatures will be increasing in the area over the next few days as well. The fishing will pick up once we get through some weather, snowmelt, and more stable conditions. Here at Dunoir Fishing Adventures we always have somewhere to fish even during challenging conditions. To see more information on the Green River below Fontenelle click HERE. Keep posted for more reports to come.
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.
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!
Merry Christmas from the Bighorn River, Green River, & Wind River: The Dunoir Fishing Adventures family would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! We would like to thank our friends, family, and guests for making our Wyoming fly fishing guide service what it is today. We are truly blessed!
Dunoir Fishing Adventures has finally joined Instagram and we are looking forward to keeping our followers up to date on fishing conditions on the Bighorn River, Green River, and Wind River. Our goal this year is to keep our fishing reports current with the latest information in Thermopolis, Dubois, Lander, and Fontenelle. We are planning on a day on the Wind River in Dubois, Wyoming tomorrow with our dear friend and legendary guide, Leon Sanderson. Nothing beats a day on the river in December. We currently have a storm making for a white Christmas. Living the dream!
Green River, Bighorn River, & Dubois & Lander Fishing Report:
Green River: Guide, Jeff Judkins, had a stellar day on the Green River earlier this week. Our guests caught several nice browns and cutthroat trout in the 20 plus inch range. The river was flowing at 2500 cfs on Tuesday and by this weekend the river will be bumped up to 5000 cfs. This will make fishing a little tricky during the bump, but once the flows stabilize fishing will be outstanding again.
Bighorn River: The river flows have stabilized on the Bighorn River. Inflow from the Wind River into Boysen Reservoir is 9818 cfs and Boysen dam is releasing 5034 cfs into the Wind River and Bighorn River (this is subject to change). Yellow Sallies have started to hatch and the river is big making for fantastic fishing. We equate big water to big fish and absolutely love guiding in these conditions. More reports to come later this week from the Bighorn River.
Dubois & Lander Waters: The Wind River in Dubois and the streams in Lander are pretty much peaking making waters high and a bit off color. The fishing on the lakes (stillwater fly fishing) and the high mountain streams is the ticket right now. Fish are always to be had in the Wind River and Absaroka Mountain Ranges.