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This brown trout was caught with a woolly bugger on the Laramie River.
This is a standby on the Gray Reef section of the North Platte River or the Laramie River. Drop the little red worm pattern below something bigger, like a pine squirrel leech and reel ‘em in. Don't forget a strike indicator. Try sizes 10 or 12.
Meant to imitate a freshwater shrimp, this little fly catches trout statewide. Try dropping one below a leech on the North Platte River and below a woolly bugger on the Laramie or Lower Shoshone rivers. Try sizes 14 through 20.
Use this colorful fly on small rivers and streams in the Buffalo and Sheridan regions. It's still too cold up there to use anything bigger, so try dropping a Copper John behind it. On the streams use a weighted beadhead. Try size 16.
Use this bright nymph under a pheasant tail in the Big Horns or under a bigger streamer on the Laramie or the Lower Shoshone rivers. Size 14 to 18.
Popular with many North Platte River guides, use this leech imitation with something smaller like a scud or San Juan worm at the end. Try sizes 10 or 12.
It's called an articulated leech, which means the hook is split allowing the fly to move more naturally in the water. Use this streamer in the Laramie River to reel in the browns. Try size 6 or 8 in a natural color or white.
This nymph is doing well on the Wind River near Dubois as well as the Lower Shoshone River. Use a slow drift with it and watch for the even the slightest nibble. Try sizes 14 or 16.
This is an awkward time of year. Snow still covers the
mountains and storms roll in and out down below. It’s Wyoming in
Instead of moping, brave the wind and grab your fly rod. Fish
are biting, even in the North Platte where flows are hitting 4,500
cubic feet per second. These higher flows make wade fishing a
little tougher, but not impossible.
Many freestone rivers aren’t washing out with spring runoff yet,
which is keeping them clear.
Be patient with your flies. Fish are cold and not as aggressive
as they will be in May and June, but they’re still around.
Here are 8 of Wyoming’s top spring flies to get you going,
recommended by Jake Sabus with the Ugly Bug Fly Shop in Casper, The
Humble Fly fishing report in Cody, Leon Sanderson in Dubois, Luke
Todd with the Sports Lure in Buffalo and Jeff Goldsby with Four
Seasons Anglers in Laramie.
Reach Open Spaces reporter Christine Peterson at (307) 460-9598