Ranch broker Jim Whalen couldn’t wait for some spring fishing in Wyoming last weekend, and he shares his experience with us here, as well as some good advice on where you can fish on private Wyoming fishing properties.
After a long winter in Wyoming, I could wait no longer. Spring is the time to look for open water and the big brown and rainbows hunting for easy meals. So, when my son called to ask if I was ready to go fly fishing I gladly accepted his offer. I did a bit of maintenance on the drift boat and we were on the road!
In the early season some of the best options for fly fishing are tail-water rivers, below dams where the water temperatures and water flows remain consistent. Ice is rarely a problem for float fishing on tail-waters except during the coldest part of the winter.
In Wyoming, it is legal to float through private land but it is the responsibility of the floater to know if the land is private or public. If you are floating through private land you must stay in your boat at all times, unless the landowner has granted permission. State law only allows you to leave your boat for short portages around non-navigable obstacles. The streambed is the property of the landowner. Wading or anchoring without permission is trespassing. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has been increasing access for fishermen through a vital public access program.
As we anticipated, the browns were tightly clinging to the riverbanks and well-placed casts with big ugly streamers resulted in violent strikes. The brightly colored rainbows were located in deep holes eating tiny nymphs. We managed to bring a few really nice browns and rainbows to the boat.