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The Big Horn

The Big Horn in Wyoming is a continuation of the Wind River below the Wind River Canyon and the Wind River Indian Reservation.  This 20 mile stretch beginning at Wedding of the Waters through the town of Thermopolis flows north 130 miles into Montana and Yellowtail Reservoir.  Named by Lewis and Clark and haunt of Butch and Sundance, Thermopolis can provide everything the angler or non-angler would enjoy during a trip;  Hot Springs State Park, The Wyoming Dinosaur Center and dig site, historical museums, golf, luxurious accommodations, fine restaurants and shopping, not to mention the excellent tailwater fishing on gentle water that is easily accessible to the handicapped. 

The Big Horn is known for its large brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout and the 20 mile stretch above and below Thermopolis is open year round to fishing.  This is a dry fly angler's dream.  Beginning in spring, the baetis hatch occurs late March through early May, along with green drakes, PMD's, morning tricos, and evening caddis.  The heat of late July and August brings warm water and weeds but as temperatures cool in the evenings and early fall terrestrials provide exceptional top water action.  September through November provides the angler fantastic streamer fishing to large aggressive brown trout in full spawning color, finally ending with the return of baetis as the fish gorge themselves before winter sets in.



This is really a two rod (4 and 6 weight) fishery requiring rapid changes between dry flies and streamers. The Big Horn and Thermopolis has everything to offer the angler with a family or handicapped individual the Wyoming adventure they desire. 

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