Wind River Fishing Information

So you've decided to come and visit my neck of the woods have you? Great. Below are some of the waters that I fish on a regular basis and feel that I have a good understanding of what to use.

North Popo Agie River

This river mostly strolls through private land and the Reservation, with one public access point North of Lander. For most of the 3 years I have been fishing this river it is a brown trout haven. In the spring of 2012 however, I picked up my first two rainbows. Historically speaking though, Rainbows are few and far between according to Game and Fish surveys. The access point provides plenty of access to deep pools, cut banks, and a few productive riffles. During the summer terrestials are the main ticket. Hoppers, Ants, beetles will get you far. On a cloudy day you'll get some good hatches, and at dusk, there is often sipping trout on mayfly emergers. Nymphing produces very well using Hare's Ear, Prince Nymph's, and Caddis imitations. As fall comes into focus, Caddis flies are start to come out much more often and can produce violent takes. Try swinging a wet winged fly on these runs. close to the deep undercuts. The water is clear, and in many places skinny. So the fish can be spooky. So tread lightly, keep your rod down and if possible cast back away from the bank. For rods, a 3 weight rod can be a lot of fun, especially if you hook into one of the 20" browns that roam these waters. However, be prepared for wind and have a 6 weight along for the ride. Also be prepared and keep an eye out for snakes. Rattle snakes do inhabit this area.
A healthy 18" brown

Middle Fork Popo Agie River

The middle fork can be effectively split into two areas... Above Sinks Canyon/Popo Agie Falls and below the Rise. This freestone river provides some great hatches in the fall towards evening time and early morning.

Upper Reaches (Above Popo Agie Falls)

This stretch lies entirely in the Shoshone National Forest. Brook trout are small and abundant. However, patience and care can lead you to some larger trout. There is a lot of different type of water here, but it seems to run fairly clean at the higher elevations. For dries, I like to use the standards, Adams, Humpys, and smaller terrestrials. It takes some hiking to get here. If you wish to fish around Sheep's Bridge area, it is easier to hike in from the Worthen Meadows trailhead. and coordinate to walk out to Bruce's. Be sure to bring along your bear spray. We mainly have black bears, but in the summer of 2011 a Grizzly was spotted in the region.
Typical brook trout

Below Sinks Canyon

I have never fished the stretch between the Falls and Sinks. Partially that any fish in this stretch is kind of trapped. They can only go up to the falls at a maximum... or down to the sinks and be lost in the cavern forever. However, below the park is some great pocket water fishing. Hopper patterns rule the day here. In June of low water years this stream produces a nice stone fly hatch. So if you can fish and hit that great. The hardest part is finding water in the area that is suitable for holding fish that you can present a fly to. Not very easy. As the flow decreases the water gets skinny and clear, but you can catch nice trout. Occasionally the trout from the trout pool at the rise will wonder downstream, and you'll know if you hook into one of those monsters.

Little Popo Agie River

This freestone river begins high in the Shoshone National Forest and can be fished throughout much of its area then down into Red Canyon area producing some large Mountain Whitefish. There are numerous areas that you can get to this river, but for now, I will discuss the two main access areas.

Upper Section, inside the National Forest.

This section is home to plenty of Rainbow and brook trout. On average the rainbows tend to be larger than the brook trout in my experience. Heavy Stone Fly activity is the name of the game here in the early season. Getting to this stream when the road opens up can be a treat. There are many riffles, and extremely deep pools that are crystal clear down to the bottom 8' down. Stonefly nymphs and dries work really well. As it moves later into the summer, I really like to put a prince nymph on the bottom.

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