DIY Guide to Fly Fishing Wyoming

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WY - North Platte River: 42.567945, -106.701965
WY - Shoshone River: 44.460250, -109.569097
WY - Snake River: 43.500683, -110.840874
WY - Yellowstone River YNP: 44.606846, -110.384445
Arnica Creek: 44.494989, -110.551572
Bacon Rind Creek (Trailhead Parking): 44.955452, -111.070686
Bacon Rind Creek (Meadow): 44.942840, -111.075470
Bechler River (Road's End): 44.144515, -110.997877
Bechler River (Picnic Rapids): 44.142867, -110.998178
Bechler River (Confluence Pockets): 44.147302, -110.993972
Fan Creek: 44.952320, -111.054350
Fan Creek (First Meadow): 44.959790, -111.023670
Fan Creek (Trailhead Parking): 44.950340, -111.059120
Firehole River: 44.607359, -110.846042
Firehole River (Upper): 44.437917, -110.804383
Firehole River (Black Sand Basin): 44.462390, -110.855870
Firehole River (Old Faithful): 44.460310, -110.828620
Fire Hole River (Fishing prohibited): 44.482910, -110.852680
Firehole River (Midway Run): 44.524477, -110.832889
Firehole River (Pocket Basin): 44.572970, -110.832111
Firehole River (Confluence With Nez Perce Creek): 44.580760, -110.832490
Firehole River (Firehole Falls): 44.628820, -110.863810
Firehole River (Elk Island): 44.615610, -110.854710
Firehole River (Elk Island Glide): 44.614770, -110.854990
Firehole River (Dipper Cliff): 44.611610, -110.852160
Firehole River (Biscuit Basin): 44.484050, -110.855910
Firehole River (Ouzel Falls): 44.611490, -110.851790
Taylor Fork: 45.072310, -111.203180
Upper Gallatin River: 44.951534, -111.056747
Gallatin River (Bighorn Pass Trailhead): 44.928235, -111.049175
Gallatin River (Divide Meadows): 44.947340, -111.056670
Gallatin River (Lower Bluff Riffles): 44.961400, -111.069500
Gallatin River (Upper Bluff Riffles): 44.956600, -111.057680
Gallatin River (Confluence Fan Creek): 44.953390, -111.058130
Gardner River: 44.992210, -110.690819
Gibbon River: 44.697702, -110.744134
Gibbon River Falls: 44.654090, -110.770640
Gibbon River (Upper Nick Plunge Pool): 44.659760, -110.747210
Gibbon River (Upper Chocolate Run): 44.665669, -110.745224
Gibbon River (Artist Paint Pot Parking): 44.696300, -110.741370
Gibbon River Meadows: 44.697210, -110.751110
Gibbon River Picnic Area: 44.706140, -110.745510
Gibbon River (Elk Meadow): 44.718040, -110.727810
Gibbon River (Campground Pool): 44.738320, -110.697870
Gibbon River (Roadside Bend): 44.737913, -110.698205
Gibbon River (Museum Meadows): 44.737345, -110.697041
Solfaterra Creek: 44.736000, -110.692230
Gibbon River (One-Cast Meanders): 44.725420, -110.688030
Gibbon River (Virginia Cascade): 44.713070, -110.647840
Gibbon River (Lower Virginia Cascade Meadow): 44.713260, -110.634000
Gibbon River (Upper Virginia Cascade Meadow): 44.714260, -110.620050
Gibbon River (Little Falls): 44.722010, -110.616450
Grebe Lake: 44.751027, -110.558079
Grayling Creek (Lower Horseshoe Run Cascade): 44.804064, -111.129230
Grayling Creek (Upper Horshoe Run Cascade): 44.803900, -111.125030
Grayling Creek (Culligan Island): 44.796375, -111.129810
Grayling Creek (Bridge Access): 44.795823, -111.132331
Grayling Creek (The Wicked Willows): 44.793287, -111.159196
Grayling Creek (Bridge Access): 44.796180, -111.152222
Grayling Creek (Marsh): 44.796510, -111.155840
Grayling Creek (Bottoms): 44.796210, -111.158600
Heart River: 44.228844, -110.458092
Lamar River: 44.914020, -110.342150
Lamar River: 44.861590, -110.187810
Lamar River: 44.928104, -110.395691
Lamar River Headwaters: 44.703800, -109.830879
Lewis River: 44.204174, -110.656998
Lewis River Canyon: 44.227365, -110.652881
Lewis Lake: 44.306161, -110.631981
Lewis Falls: 44.267360, -110.636932
Lewis River Channel: 44.326118, -110.645073
Madison River, Yellowstone National Park: 44.723991, -111.121902
Madison River (Baker\'s Hole Campground): 44.705170, -111.100660
Madison River (National Park Meadows): 44.640930, -110.872690
Madison River (Confluence With Gibbon River): 44.642110, -110.866600
Madison River (Gravel Road To Barns Holes): 44.655770, -111.081050
Madison Overlook: 44.653540, -111.061050
Madison River (Talus Slope Riffles): 44.646246, -110.930607
Madison River (Riverside Drive): 44.654470, -110.993740
Madison River (Fish Trap Bend): 44.653948, -110.957204
Madison River Campground: 44.644730, -110.863340
Madison River (Barns #1): 44.666030, -111.066330
Madison River Bridge: 44.715760, -111.102810
Madison River (7-Mile Bridge): 44.663800, -110.965260
Madison River (Muskrat Pool): 44.668930, -110.981740
Madison River (Grasshopper Bank): 44.668440, -110.986830
Gneiss Creek Trailhead - Parking: 44.663710, -110.965080
Gneiss Creek Trail: 44.672040, -110.978480
Nez Perce Creek (Bridge / Ford): 44.584300, -110.779340
Nez Perce Creek (Distressed Meadows): 44.573350, -110.807850
Nez Perce Creek (Long Chute): 44.574410, -110.811630
Nez Perce Creek (Hidden Pond): 44.571859, -110.821676
Nez Perce Creek (Short Chute): 44.573700, -110.814600
Nez Perce Creek (Hidden Pond): 44.571910, -110.822140
Nez Perce Creek (Hotel Run): 44.573400, -110.827760
Pebble Creek: 44.917432, -110.113321
Slough Creek: 44.926950, -110.338230
Slough Creek Road: 44.921160, -110.317120
Slough Creek (Easy Pools): 44.932210, -110.317200
Slough Creek Campground and parking area: 44.948920, -110.307690
Slough Creek (Pocket Water Riffles): 44.954960, -110.287540
Slough Creek (First Meadow): 44.953290, -110.272010
Slough Creek (Second Meadow): 44.973120, -110.221280
Pebble Creek Campground: 44.917710, -110.113860
Soda Butte Creek: 44.865936, -110.174034
Soda Butte Creek (Canyon's End): 44.919570, -110.096250
Snake River: 44.144123, -110.658714
Yellowstone River: 44.566502, -110.372772
Yellowstone River (Sulphur Caldron): 44.627230, -110.432270
Yellowstone River (Mud Volcano Parking Lot): 44.624820, -110.433520
Yellowstone River (Fishing Bridge): 44.566520, -110.381890
Yellowstone River (Le Hardy Rapids): 44.607320, -110.383690
Obsidian Creek: 44.823833, -110.728589
Shoshone Lake: 44.368533, -110.687256
Yellowstone National Park (West Entrance): 44.657350, -111.091790
Yellowstone National Park (North Entrance): 45.025313, -110.700744
Yellowstone National Park (South Entrance): 44.135754, -110.666794
Yellowstone National Park (East Entrance): 44.488533, -110.003891
Greys River: 42.960749, -110.728768
Firehole River at Old Faithful, YNP: 44.459364, -110.821736
Tantalus Creek at Norris Junction, YNP: 44.732725, -110.713253
Gibbon River at Madison Jct, YNP: 44.640800, -110.861064
Yellowstone River at Yellowstone Lk Outlet YNP: 44.567092, -110.380406
Lamar River nr Tower Ranger Station YNP: 44.928178, -110.394269
Boiling River at Mammoth,YNP: 44.984953, -110.688389
Gardner River near Mammoth YNP: 44.992344, -110.690975
WIND RIVER NEAR DUBOIS, WY: 43.578564, -109.759884
WIND RIVER ABOVE RED CREEK, NEAR DUBOIS, WY: 43.441622, -109.458758
DINWOODY CREEK ABOVE LAKES, NEAR BURRIS, WY: 43.346167, -109.408778
BULL LAKE CREEK ABOVE BULL LAKE, WY: 43.176611, -109.202556
BULL LAKE CREEK NEAR LENORE, WY: 43.242457, -109.022905
WIND RIVER NEAR CROWHEART, WY: 43.242500, -109.010556
WIND RIVER NEAR KINNEAR, WY: 43.142778, -108.708889
WIND RIVER AT RIVERTON, WY: 43.010515, -108.376770
SF L WIND RIV AB WASHAKIE RES, NR FT WASHAKIE, WY: 42.968289, -109.037628
LITTLE POPO AGIE RIVER NEAR LANDER, WY: 42.716626, -108.643446
LITTLE WIND RIVER NEAR RIVERTON, WY: 42.997500, -108.375417
FIVEMILE CREEK NEAR SHOSHONI, WY: 43.221917, -108.219694
WIND RIVER BELOW BOYSEN RESERVOIR, WY: 43.424958, -108.178986
BIGHORN RIVER AT WORLAND, WY: 44.014679, -107.969539
BIGHORN RIVER AT BASIN, WY: 44.383291, -108.036212
GREYBULL RIVER AT MEETEETSE, WY: 44.155510, -108.877075
SHELL CREEK ABOVE SHELL CREEK RESERVOIR, WY: 44.508020, -107.403689
SHELL CREEK NEAR SHELL, WY: 44.564961, -107.712867
BIGHORN RIVER AT KANE, WY: 44.758566, -108.181497
NORTH FORK SHOSHONE RIVER AT WAPITI, WY: 44.469672, -109.430440
SOUTH FORK SHOSHONE RIVER NEAR VALLEY, WY: 44.207889, -109.555250
SOUTH FORK SHOSHONE RIVER AB BUFFALO BILL RES, WY: 44.419118, -109.257929
SHOSHONE RIVER BELOW BUFFALO BILL RESERVOIR, WY: 44.516620, -109.097922
SHOSHONE RIVER NEAR LOVELL, WY: 44.838564, -108.435119
WEST PASS CREEK NEAR PARKMAN, WY: 44.987744, -107.482869
EAST PASS CREEK NEAR DAYTON, WY: 44.990523, -107.422867
TONGUE RIVER NEAR DAYTON, WY: 44.849412, -107.304525
TONGUE RIVER AT MONARCH, WY: 44.900249, -107.020905
GOOSE CREEK NEAR ACME, WY: 44.886361, -106.988959
PRAIRIE DOG CREEK NEAR ACME, WY: 44.983863, -106.839789
MIDDLE FORK POWDER RIVER NEAR BARNUM, WY: 43.577740, -107.138400
NORTH FORK POWDER RIVER NEAR HAZELTON, WY: 44.027742, -107.080896
NF POWDER RIVER BELOW PASS CREEK, NR MAYOWORTH, WY: 43.911357, -106.889500
POWDER RIVER AT SUSSEX, WY: 43.697086, -106.306194
POWDER RIVER AT ARVADA, WY: 44.649982, -106.127528
WILD HORSE CREEK NEAR ARVADA, WY: 44.632482, -106.031967
CLEAR CREEK NEAR BUFFALO, WY: 44.332751, -106.777274
ROCK CREEK NEAR BUFFALO, WY: 44.456083, -106.878945
SOUTH PINEY CREEK AT WILLOW PARK, WY: 44.466358, -107.034784
PINEY CREEK AT KEARNY, WY: 44.535528, -106.822278
CLEAR CREEK NEAR ARVADA, WY: 44.871652, -106.082802
LITTLE POWDER RIVER AB DRY CREEK, NEAR WESTON, WY: 44.926929, -105.353327
CHEYENNE RIVER NR DULL CENTER, WY: 43.429137, -105.045807
CHEYENNE RIVER NEAR SPENCER, WY: 43.420995, -104.131916
BEAVER CREEK AT MALLO CAMP, NEAR FOUR CORNERS, WY: 44.084981, -104.060489
STOCKADE BEAVER CREEK NEAR NEWCASTLE, WY: 43.858867, -104.107158
BELLE FOURCHE R BL RATTLESNAKE C, NR PINEY, WY: 43.984421, -105.388325
DONKEY CREEK NEAR GILLETTE, WY: 44.266647, -105.438606
STONEPILE CREEK AT MOUTH, NEAR GILLETTE, WY: 44.267758, -105.438606
BELLE FOURCHE RIVER BELOW MOORCROFT, WY: 44.321926, -104.940531
BELLE FOURCHE RIVER NEAR ALVA, WY: 44.789429, -104.481344
BELLE FOURCHE R AT WY-SD STATE LINE: 44.748874, -104.051602
COLD SPRINGS CREEK AT BUCKHORN, WY: 44.153871, -104.077990
SAND CREEK NEAR RANCH A, NEAR BEULAH, WY: 44.520263, -104.083824
NORTH BRUSH CREEK NEAR SARATOGA, WY: 41.370245, -106.520582
SOUTH BRUSH CREEK NEAR SARATOGA, WY: 41.343856, -106.526416
ENCAMPMENT RIVER AB HOG PARK CR, NR ENCAMPMENT, WY: 41.023579, -106.824766
ENCAMPMENT RIVER AT MOUTH, NEAR ENCAMPMENT, WY: 41.303298, -106.715313
JACK CREEK ABOVE COYOTE DRAW, NEAR SARATOGA, WY: 41.439126, -106.971715
PASS CREEK NEAR ELK MOUNTAIN, WY: 41.586075, -106.610861
N PLATTE RIV AB SEMINOE RESERVOIR, NR SINCLAIR, WY: 41.872181, -107.057547
Medicine Bow R ab E Fk Med Bow nr Elk Mountain, WY: 41.547778, -106.409722
ROCK CREEK AB KING CANYON CANAL, NR ARLINGTON, WY: 41.585245, -106.222791
L Medicine Bow R ab Sand Cr, nr Shirley Basin, WY: 42.331111, -106.155278
L MEDICINE BOW R AT BOLES SPRING, NR MEDICINE BOW: 41.961076, -106.209184
MEDICINE BOW R AB SEMINOE RESERVOIR, NR HANNA, WY: 42.009684, -106.513083
SWEETWATER RIVER NEAR SWEETWATER STATION, WY: 42.503849, -108.250651
SWEETWATER RIVER NEAR ALCOVA, WY: 42.489959, -107.133945
DEER CREEK IN CANYON, NEAR GLENROCK, WY: 42.711632, -106.029178
BOX ELDER CREEK AT BOXELDER, WY: 42.611938, -105.859671
NORTH PLATTE RIVER AT ORIN, WY: 42.652496, -105.159143
NORTH PLATTE RIVER BELOW GLENDO RESERVOIR, WY: 42.456913, -104.947748
NORTH PLATTE RIVER BELOW WHALEN DIVERSION DAM, WY: 42.241023, -104.627960
LARAMIE R BL PIONEER CANAL, NR WOODS LANDING, WY: 41.138308, -105.980284
SAND CREEK AT COLORADO-WYOMING STATE LINE: 40.993650, -105.759703
LARAMIE RIVER AT LARAMIE, WY: 41.327778, -105.607417
LITTLE LARAMIE RIVER NEAR FILMORE, WY: 41.294973, -106.034729
LARAMIE RIVER NEAR BOSLER, WY: 41.554696, -105.683326
SYBILLE CREEK AB MULE CREEK, NEAR WHEATLAND, WY: 41.844139, -105.221369
SYBILLE CREEK AB CANAL NO. 3, NEAR WHEATLAND, WY: 41.911082, -105.127199
LARAMIE RIVER NEAR FORT LARAMIE, WY: 42.200523, -104.538291
NORTH PLATTE RIVER AT WYOMING-NEBRASKA STATE LINE: 41.988576, -104.053282
CROW CREEK AT 19TH STREET, AT CHEYENNE, WY: 41.131093, -104.828580
Lodgepole Creek at Bushnell, Nebr.: 41.227778, -103.893056
GREEN RIVER AT WARREN BRIDGE, NEAR DANIEL, WY: 43.019417, -110.118611
PINE CREEK ABOVE FREMONT LAKE, WY: 43.027056, -109.773528
NEW FORK RIVER NEAR BIG PINEY, WY: 42.567166, -109.930151
GREEN RIVER NEAR LA BARGE, WY: 42.192722, -110.163214
FONTENELLE C NR HERSCHLER RANCH, NR FONTENELLE, WY: 42.095806, -110.416083
GREEN RIVER BELOW FONTENELLE RESERVOIR, WY: 42.020972, -110.049806
BIG SANDY RIVER NEAR FARSON, WY: 42.316895, -109.485687
PACIFIC CREEK NEAR FARSON, WY: 42.128333, -109.325444
GREEN RIVER NEAR GREEN RIVER, WY: 41.516354, -109.449023
BLACKS FORK NEAR ROBERTSON, WY: 40.959028, -110.579722
BLACKS FORK NEAR MILLBURNE, WY: 41.031614, -110.579332
EAST FORK OF SMITHS FORK NEAR ROBERTSON, WY: 41.053861, -110.398639
HAMS FORK BELOW POLE CREEK, NEAR FRONTIER, WY: 42.110889, -110.709417
BLACKS FORK NEAR LITTLE AMERICA, WY: 41.546072, -109.693475
LITTLE SNAKE RIVER NEAR DIXON, WY: 41.028528, -107.548861
Muddy Creek above Olson Draw, near Dad, WY: 41.478333, -107.602500
MUDDY CREEK BELOW YOUNG DRAW, NEAR BAGGS, WY: 41.068159, -107.631596
BEAR RIVER NEAR UTAH-WYOMING STATE LINE: 40.965225, -110.853508
BEAR RIVER AT EVANSTON, WY: 41.269861, -110.963694
BEAR RIVER BELOW PIXLEY DAM, NEAR COKEVILLE, WY: 41.938829, -110.985466
SMITHS FORK NEAR BORDER, WY: 42.293266, -110.872406
BEAR RIVER BLW SMITHS FORK, NR COKEVILLE, WY: 42.126602, -110.973243
BEAR RIVER AT BORDER, WY: 42.211043, -111.053802
SNAKE RIVER AB JACKSON LAKE AT FLAGG RANCH WY: 44.098889, -110.667500
SNAKE RIVER NR MORAN WY: 43.858333, -110.585833
PACIFIC CREEK AT MORAN WY: 43.850278, -110.517778
BUFFALO FORK AB LAVA CREEK NR MORAN WY: 43.838056, -110.440833
SNAKE RIVER AT MOOSE, WY: 43.654056, -110.715472
GROS VENTRE RIVER AT KELLY, WY: 43.620889, -110.623056
GROS VENTRE RIVER AT ZENITH WY: 43.557222, -110.762778
GRANITE C AB GRANITE C SUPPLEMENTAL, NR MOOSE, WY: 43.603167, -110.805833
FISH CREEK AT WILSON, WY: 43.500760, -110.871600
CACHE CREEK NEAR JACKSON, WY: 43.452153, -110.704091
FLAT CREEK BELOW CACHE CREEK, NEAR JACKSON, WY: 43.458361, -110.797028
SNAKE RIVER BL FLAT CREEK NR JACKSON WY: 43.372222, -110.738611
SNAKE RIVER AB RESERVOIR NR ALPINE WY: 43.196111, -110.889444
GREYS RIVER AB RESERVOIR NR ALPINE WY: 43.143056, -110.976944
CROW CREEK NEAR FAIRVIEW, WY: 42.674929, -111.007704
SALT RIVER AB RESERVOIR NR ETNA WY: 43.079722, -111.037222
Atlantic Gulch, Big: 42.491394, -108.712310
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Pro Tip: Get the DIY Fly Fishing App to explore places to fish in Wyoming and plan your next fishing trip.

The state of Wyoming packs a real powerful punch when it comes to fly fishing. Here, you’ll be able to fish from the shore, wade, float, or boat as you check out the many rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs, some of which are alpine.

Here you can fish for such species as yellow perch, walleye, brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, golden trout, brookies, lake trout, tiger trout, northern pike, crappie, bluegill, and largemouth bass.

There are actually over 22 different game fish species to be found here. This variety is due to the fact there are warm and cold waters.Of course, the fishing is made all the sweeter thanks to the absolutely stunning scenery and landscapes that surround you.

Where to Fly Fish in Wyoming

When a state offers 27,000 miles worth of streams and 4,200 lakes, it makes you do a second take, and that's exactly why people are raving about the fly fishing in Wyoming. As mentioned, you’ll have access to more than 22 different species of game fish, so you may want to build your trip around the type of fish you’re hoping to catch.

Wyoming Fishing Map

The Wyoming Fish & Game Department Fishing Guide is an excellent resource for planning your next fishing trip. To make life easier we've created an interactive map of all the fishing locations discussed in the WFGD Fishing Guide (shown above). Just click on a map marker for information about that fishing location and to get turn-by-turn driving directions.

Here's a look at some of the most popular areas in the state. Keep in mind that there are far too many to highlight, so you’re encouraged to dig deeper.

Yellowstone National Park

Not only is this popular with tourists thanks to the stunning scenery, but it also makes for an ideal spot to fish. You will find more streams and lakes concentrated here than any other place in the world. If you’re only going to visit one spot in Wyoming, this should be the top of your list.

The fishing season runs from mid-May until the beginning of November, giving you a few solid months to enjoy the sport. This area is known for seven species of fish, which are the brown, cutthroat, rainbow, brook, and lake trout, grayling, and mountain whitefish.

There are four main sections in Yellowstone National Park, which are the southwest, southeast, northeast, and northwest. Each offers their own unique experience and lakes/rivers.

Fly selection is largely dictated by the season. Dry-fly fishing is excellent during the busy months of June and July, and then by August you should be using artificial crickets, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles.

Come October, large streamer flies should bring in trout that are territorial and aggressive.

Check out our DIY Guide to Fly Fishing in Yellowstone National Park for more information and maps of where to fish.​

Big/Little Laramie Rivers

Fishing on the Big Laramie River means you'll have an excellent opportunity to catch brown trout. As an added bonus even during peak fishing season, this area tends to stay quiet and uncrowded.  Wade fishing is excellent along this river, except in the summer when the water levels raise.

There are certain sections of the river that are ideal for rainbow trout if you prefer. This river is ideal for beginners.

If you’re up for more of a challenge, the Little Laramie River is a better option. First off, it's harder to find areas that are open to the public, but once you do, you'll find these fish much harder to catch. There are more varieties available here, as you can find brook, cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout.

Both of these rivers are best visited from mid-May until early July. Then you can come back in the fall when fishing picks up again.

Grey Reef

Not far from Alcova, Wyoming is the Grey Reef. This is actually part of the North Platte River, and more specifically, its tailwater part. If you're interested in catching fish that are impressive and big, this is the place to do it. Here, you can find browns, cutthroats, and rainbows that are 8 to 12 pounds in size.

It is suggested that you fish by a drift boat and keep in mind that much of this area is private access only. It should be noted that during the spring and fall months the fish will be spawning, so you will want to make sure that you aren't endangering this process at all while wading.

The Grey Reef is well known for excellent dry fly fishing. Streamers and two-fly nymph rigs are commonplace here, too.

Wind River Range

The Wind River Range is vast, filled with a large variety of species, boasts of mountain peaks as high as 13,000 feet, and has that remote outdoorsy feel. If you want to get away from it all and really enjoy the outdoors while you fish, this is the place to be.

When planning your visit, fall and spring are the ideal times, but because of the snow there can be times where a lake isn't going to be accessible to you until the end of the summer.

Because so many of the lakes are located at high elevations, you'll find there is lots of ice and rock, so you will need to be careful as you are traversing the terrain.

There are all kinds of lakes to be explored, so it can be a bit overwhelming. A good idea if you plan to fish here is to pick up a map or guidebook of the area so that you can plan your route.

Here, you will find golden trout that are quite large, as well as rainbow, brook, and cutthroat trout.

Teton Wilderness

Teton Wilderness is a little less known than some of the bigger locations, but it's still a great place to find cutthroat and lake trout. The land mass is huge here, spanning over half a million acres. It borders Yellowstone Park, so you can always tie these two locations together.

The best time to visit this area is during the summer when the cutthroat are abundant. The area is great for shore fishing or by boat. If you're going to be fishing from the shore, it's usually best to do so in the spring, as soon as the last of the ice has melted. You don’t want to wait too long as the water will heat up and you won’t be quite as successful.

Now, it is important to note that because this one is so remote and in the middle of the complete wilderness that you need to be aware of the wildlife around you. This is bear country, so being prepared is key.

Best Time to Fly Fish in Wyoming

The fishing season lasts all year round in Wyoming, but with that said, weather conditions can force areas to close down from time to time in the winter.

Wyoming gets quite cold during the winter months and is notorious for getting lots of snow and ice. Not only does this affect the fishing, it also affects your comfort level while being in the outdoors.

Instead, spring, summer, and fall are safer and more comfortable bets. The best hatches in Wyoming typically occur in May through the end of October, but this can vary slightly depending on where you're fishing.

What You Will Need When You Get There?

Choosing the proper rod depends on where you'll be fishing. For instance, if you're heading to the popular destination of Yellowstone National Park, you can use a four to six weight line on an eight or nine foot rod. In you are streamer fishing in the fall a sink-tip line is a great option.

While fishing on a lake, a full-sinking line is usually a safe bet. This gives you a better idea of how the location helps to determine your gear.

There are many opportunities to fish from the shore or wade all across the state, so with that said, invest in a good pair of chest waders so you can take full advantage of the area. If you plan on wading during the colder months, be sure to pick appropriate waders that protect you from the cold water.

​Wyoming Fishing Regulations

A fishing license is required for anyone 14 years of age and older. Both residents and non-residents are required to have the license. You can buy it as a daily license if you're visiting from out of state, or as an annual one if you live in Wyoming.

While inquiring about the fishing license, it’s also a good idea to ask about the regulations in the areas you plan to fish in. There may be catch and release policies in effect, limits, and/or restrictions. Be sure to check a copy of the current Wyoming Fishing Regulations for stream restrictions before fishing.

Wyoming is filled with opportunities for beginner and advanced anglers, and thanks to its variety of species available, it makes for a great destination. Just keep in mind that the ice and snow can affect which lakes and rivers are open for fishing, so you’ll want to check in advance that the lake or river you are heading to will actually be open for fishing before you head there.

Even though Yellowstone National Park is the top choice for most anglers, it’s well worth considering the many other options the state offers.