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 Post subject: Big Horn in Wyoming?
PostPosted: April 16th, 2019, 3:39 pm 

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Location: Manchester, ME
Anyone fished it? Just booked my September western trip. September 11-21. We try to mix up "the usual" inside the park with something new every year. This year a TU colleague suggested the most genetically intact Yellowstone cutts are in the Grey Bull River, a trib of the upper Big Horn. I've got 5 days in Meeteetse WY, south of Cody. The Grey Bull and the Wood are there, but nearby are the Big Horn, and its headwaters the Wind River. There is a big hot spring and state park with dinosaur fossils in Thermopolis, which is in day trip range of where we are staying and looks to be ground zero for fishing the upper Big Horn and for floating Wind River Canyon. If anyone has fished this area, post here or shoot me a PM.

Looks a lot quieter than inside the park, and we'll spend most of our time up on the small water in the Absarokas, but might try to squeeze in some time on the Big Horn.

After that I can put in my time with the crowds on the Lamar, Slough, and Soda Butte. I found a new meadow section of Soda Butte to explore last year that's a little farther from the road and therefore off the radar screen of the folding chair crowd. I found plenty of fish last year, through they were smaller than in the more popular sections. It needs further exploring to confirm . . .

 Post subject: Re: Big Horn in Wyoming?
PostPosted: April 17th, 2019, 8:48 am 

Joined: May 14th, 2008, 6:49 am
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Location: Winthrop
Well, I'll talk to you about it.
We have passed through all the locations you are planning on going except the Big Horn.

The water looks excellent. Access is the issue in Wyoming.
The land owner "owns" the stream bed, so jumping in at a bridge and walking the stream like in Montana is trespassing.

Head waters in national forest is the best option, bonus is it's what you want to do anyway.
Only caution there is that there is private property in the national forest. Ranchers reportedly are sometimes less than accommodating. I have fished the Clarks fork in Wyoming and had to be aware of the property boundaries.

Bears are common and one of the locations I wanted to try over that way last year was closed due to bear activity.
Local word was the states in that region all use the area west of Cody and east of the park up to Cooke city as a relocation destination for problem bears.

 Post subject: Re: Big Horn in Wyoming?
PostPosted: April 17th, 2019, 11:00 pm 
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There's plenty of great water in that vicinity, which I've only scratched at on one summer trip. We did pretty well on the main Shoshone right through Cody and below, but the stuff you're talking about on the Greybull in the National Forest will probably fish faster and that's where you'll find the cutts -- some friends fished it and did well, I think. Big Horn at Thermopolis I have not fished, but heard good things and it's on the list to check out.

Really, I don't think you can go that wrong fishing September in Wyoming. I'd be prepared to fish tricos and BWOs and terrestrials. I'm hoping to spend the week of Labor Day fishing in Wyoming this year myself -- already shelled out for my season license.

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