WATERS WE GUIDE

There's nothing quite like the feeling you get when fishing some of the most beautiful rivers in the Northwest. Ranging from the majesty of the Firehole River to the famous Bighorn, our expeditions are sure to give you the trip of a lifetime. 

Yellowstone Fly Fishing

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Yellowstone is America’s oldest and largest national park encompassing nearly 3,500 square miles of vast wilderness. Dramatic volcanic geysers, lush forests, pristine alpine lakes, and rivers are home to hundreds of animals species including bears, wolves, bison, elk, and numerous species of wild trout. Yellowstone National Park holds a lifetime of fishing adventures. We tend to focus on the waters closest to Jackson Hole.

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LEWIS LAKE AND LEWIS RIVER

Lewis Lake and Lewis River, named after Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition, is a great place for both beginner and experienced anglers. Lewis allows you to experience a drift boat float trip into an area of Yellowstone few other people ever see. It’s a scenic 1.5-hour drive from Jackson to Lewis Lake and a 30-minute boat ride if you want to fish the Lewis Channel.

 

Brown trout, brook trout, and mackinaw (lake trout) inhabit these waters. Small streamers, nymphs, and occasional dry flies during the brown drake hatch are the best options for catching these species which range from 16-24.”

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Lewis Lake Fly Fishing
Firehole River Fly Fishing

FIREHOLE RIVER

The Firehole River is an intermediate to advanced wade fishing only river near Old Faithful. It is an incredibly unique fishing experience where fly anglers catch trout among steaming geysers and wild roaming buffalo. Rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout frequent the Firehole and range from 8-16” in size.

 

Featured in well-known fishing publications including “Top Ten Places to Fly-Fish Before you Die,” the Firehole is a highlight for many world traveling anglers who seek this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The Firehole is also a great option if you want to combine additional Yellowstone explorations including stops at well-known sights like Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic geysers.

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GREEN AND NEW FORK RIVERS

“Fishing the Green and New Fork is always an adventure,” proclaim local guides. Whether it’s running into a moose or a true Wyoming cowboy, exploring the Green and New Fork Rivers is the real Wild West. These rivers were home to the annual mountain man rendezvous where Native American tribes and historic characters including Jim Bridger and Davey Jackson came to trade animal pelts for provisions.

 

Both the Green and New Fork are home to monster brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout (many exceeding 20”) located among high alpine prairies framed by the Wind River and Wyoming Mountain Ranges. Expect a breathtaking drive south through Hoback Canyon where bighorn sheep and pronghorn antelope are common sightings. Transportation is included, and guides will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in Jackson/ Teton Village.

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Green River Fly Fishing
Snake River Fly Fishing

SNAKE RIVER

Welcome to the majestic Snake River… the domain of the wild and native Snake River Cutthroat Trout. Few other river systems in the world maintain a healthy, wild, strain of native trout as does the Snake River. The Snake River is one of the crown jewels of the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers program and originates in Yellowstone National Park before flowing south through Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole.

 

Western River Anglers is proud to be permitted to guide these waters where Grand Teton scenery is spectacular and the trout are plentiful with an average of over 800 fish per mile. Eminent biologists agree that the Snake River cutthroat subspecies rank as the strongest, heartiest, and best fighting member of this uniquely beautiful trout family.

SALT RIVER

Exploring Wyoming’s Salt River is the perfect opportunity to escape the crowds near Jackson Hole and to fish a smaller and more intimate tributary of the Snake River. Native fine spotted cutthroat and brown trout thrive among the Salt’s cold and clear waters. Dry fly fishing is often produced with a plethora of stoneflies, mayflies, and caddis insect hatches throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

 

There are many fish per mile along with the Salt which makes for entertaining fishing for both beginners and experts. The Salt is also a preferred spawning region for larger cutthroat and browns migrating upstream from Palisades Reservoir in the spring and fall.

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Salt River Fly Fishing
Bighorn River Fly Fishing

BIGHORN RIVER

The Bighorn River is Wyoming’s blue-ribbon trout fishery located near Thermopolis, Wyoming. Be prepared to catch trophy trout on a variety of flies ranging from nymphs to streamers to small blue wing olive dry fly patterns. This is truly one of the finest rivers to hunt mega-sized trout in Wyoming, and Western River Anglers works hard to put you on the fish.

 

Expect to catch brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. Thermopolis is where we base our trips and is a charming small Wyoming town where you can soak in the world’s largest mineral hot springs after a day on the water. Western River Anglers requires a two-day minimum reservation due to the Bighorn’s location from Jackson Hole. Western River Anglers is permitted by the Bighorn Basin BLM under Special Use Permit.

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Flat Creek Fly Fishing

FLAT CREEK (NATIONAL ELK REFUGE)

Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge opens on August 1st of each year. This fishery is well known for large but EXTREMELY spooky trout. This section is not for your average angler--if you're up to the challenge, bring your A game and we'll bring ours!

FLAT CREEK (SOUTH OF JACKSON)

Just a short drive south of Jackson lies Flat Creek, a favorite local fishery that offers great wade fishing opportunities for those looking to fish a smaller creek. This is a perfect place for the whole family to have a fun day on the river together. For advanced anglers looking for a challenge, this section of Flat Creek also offers fantastic technical fishing to big fish.

Flat Creek Fly Fishing

YELLOWSTONE LAKE

Yellowstone Lake is home to some of the biggest Cutthroat trout in our area. That doesn't mean they're easy to catch! As the old saying goes... "They didn't get big by being dumb." So expect to make a lot of casts and work for it. But the work is worth it!  Many of these fish exceed 22 inches.

 

Yellowstone Lake is one of the most spectacular places to find yourself, and we generally guide these waters with our powerboat to access more remote parts of the lake that tend to hold more fish.

Yellowstone Lake Fly Fishing