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Spring's best flies

Spring's best flies

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This is an awkward time of year. Snow still covers the mountains and storms roll in and out down below. It’s Wyoming in the spring.

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 or


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