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BIGHORN RIVER
WYOMING

The Bighorn River begins life as the Wind, flowing ESE out of the mountains of Western Wyoming, through the town of Dubois and the Wind River Indian Reservation. At Riverton the river abruptly turns North and begins to back up as Boysen Reservoir behind a 220 ft. dam built at the head of the beautiful Wind River Canyon. Emerging from the dam a river once more, the Wind flows through the Owl Creek Mountains, leaving the Wind River Basin.

Wyoming's Hot Spot

As the river exits the canyon and spills into the Bighorn Basin, its name is changed to the Big Horn. One river, two names. It is here at Wedding of the Waters where we begin our adventures and float through the town of Thermopolis, home to the world's largest mineral hot springs.


Dry Fly Fishing

Beginning in March, thick hatches of Midge & Blue Winged Olives bring trout to the surface after a long Winter of eating tiny nymphs. By late June, Tricos appear on the scene and hatch en masse every morning until October. In good dry fly years, it is common to see pods of rising trout that make a flat piece of water look like a riffle. Several species of Caddis are available throughout the summer as well as terrestrials. The Blue Wings make one more appearance in the Fall after the water has cooled.

Winter fishing in Thermopolis can be great. In fact, we think it deserves its own page:

WINTER FISHING



Browns, Rainbows & Cutthroat

Fishing nymphs can be productive year-round but is best in late Winter or early Spring before moss becomes an issue. 16-18 inch fish are fairly common, with a good number of fish reaching 20 inches and beyond.

Streamer fishing can be hard work on this river, but the rewards often make it worth the effort.


Most fishing is done from the boat, as Wyoming Water Access laws limit anchoring and wading opportunities to certain sections of the river.

We can accommodate anglers of all abilities. All trips include flies (we tie 90% of the flies we use on guided trips), shuttle, terminal tackle, the use of a rod & reel if needed, and lunch on full day trips; half days include water and snacks. We practice catch & release of all Wild Trout.

We are First Aid/CPR Certified, Insured & Permitted Guides. BLM Permit #WY-010-RU-16-04


We also offer Hosted trips. Our next trip is in January on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, fishing for wild Steelhead with Brazda's Fly Fishing. Alyssa will be hosting 7 anglers for a 3 day, 3 night stay at the Wild Duc Lodge. Full day guided float trips all three days, meals included. For more information, click the link below.



HOSTED TRAVEL



2017 RATES

Full Day Float Trip:

1 Angler ...... $350.00
2 Anglers .... $450.00

Half Day Float Trip:

1 Angler ....... $275.00
2 Anglers .... $350.00

We do accomodate large groups (up to 8 anglers) and can put together special package rates with private lodging on the river. We recommend planning well in advance so that we have ample time to make arrangements for you.




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