Photo Courtesy Steven Lamb
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Greybull River Wyoming
There's one problem (or maybe its an advantage) with
this fine Wyoming freestone stream and that is access.
The lower section of the river is located on private
property and the upper section can only be reached by
hiking in or horseback from the Jack Creek Trailhead.
The hike into the Shoshone National Forest is well worth
the effort. The stream is usually loaded with native
Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. Its lower section has brown
trout but you have to obtain permission to fish where
The Greybull River has several tributary streams. One
of the better ones is Venus Creek. It hold plenty of
cutthroats. The largest tributary is the Wood River,
which is within itself a fine trout stream large enough any
where else in the Nation but Wyoming to be treated as a
separate stream. The Greybull is a tributary of the Big
Horn River and is a total of about ninety miles long.
These streams are closest to Cody Wyoming where
highway #20 will take you to Meeteetse. About ten miles
west of Meeteetse on highway #290, take Forest Service
Road 200 (the Wood River Road) which will run along
the river to its upper parts. To get to the Greybull,
continue on highway #290 until it changes to an
unpaved road Forest Service Road #208. It dead ends
at the Jack Creek Trailhead. There' s a Forest Service
Campground at the mouth of Jack Creek and another at
the mouth of the Middle Fork of the Wood River.
The cutthroats in these streams probably average 12
inches but 16 inch fish are very common. They get much
larger and catching one over 20 inches isn't uncommon.
The higher you go into the headwaters, the smaller the
trout usually get, so the better ones are near the lower
ends of the streams; however, that's about the only
place they are fished for and there's probably less fish
there to be caught.
The cutthroat trout are not usually difficult to catch or
very picky about what they eat. Neither are the brook
trout in the Wood River. Generic and attractor flies will
usually work to catch them. Terrestrial are also very
The best time for fly fishing the Greybull River is from
just after runoff end around the last of June or first of
Parts of the river can be fished prior to runoff but it
usually isn't very productive.
Summertime is the best time for fly fishing the Greybull
Early Fall provides some opportunities.
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