The Rainbow Spawn is On in Fremont Canyon
Fremont Canyon Fishing Report
- Fishing Report Date: 2/15/2017
- Stream Flow: 75 CFS
- Water Clarity: Clear
- Fish Count: 900-1000 fish per mile
- Hatches: Baetis, Midges
- Overall Rating : 9.5/10 with opportunities to nymph, throw streamers, & dries
- Travel Conditions & Advisories: None at this time
- Fishing Licenses: State ID or Drivers License to purchase a WY Fishing License.
Fremont Canyon Fishing Report:
Fish deep pockets, 4-5′ leader, BB for weight. Smaller indicator and be stealthy with clear water!!!
Nymphing: Egg Patterns, Rock Worms, Crawfish, Leeches, Baetis Emergers, Midges
Dry Flies: BWO’s, Midges
Streamers: Olive, Brown, Tan/Vanilla
The return of the midge clouds is upon us. The big midge hatches are just beginning. The water has been SO clear and all the trout (Rainbows, Cuttbows, Cutthroats, and even Browns) have focused on the eggs of spawning Rainbows and also midges for their main course meals. Fremont Canyon has become fairly technical and with clear water being stealthy is key. Lower tippet size will get you more takes however landing the beasts in that tailwater is tough.
So, what we need to discuss this time of year is the Rainbow Trout migration. The annual spawn has begun on all sections of the North Platte River. Big Bows have moved out of their winter holding areas and become vulnerable to anglers with big Bows and Browns right behind them taking advantage of easy and protein rich diets that spawning fish produce.
Trout (Salmonids) become aggressive during their spawn. They protect their beds and mates and territory as any wild creature does. They also exert a lot of energy and need to replenish energy by feeding. This gives us the opportunity to catch a lot of REALLY BIG FISH! We are throwing streamers and nymphing the deep runs below shelves and shallow gravel bars that hold staging fish, the fish targeting eggs of spawning fish, and also big brude fish that slide off the beds to feed and regroup.
***WE DO NOT EVER FISH FOR ANY TROUT ON THEIR SPAWN BEDS (also known as redds.)***