Copyright 2017 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Ham's Fork River Wyoming
Ham's Fork starts high in the mountains of the
Bridger-Teton National Forest at around 10,000 feet. It is
a small stream in its headwaters with several small
tributaries. The West Fork of the Ham's joins it in its
upper reaches. Approximately sixteen miles of the river
flows through public property before reaching its first
private property section. There is a variety of types of
water but the lower section has some long stretches of
water that flows through open meadows.
The upper section of the Ham's Fork has plenty of
smaller brook trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and
some brown trout. It flows into the Viva Naughton
Reservoir. By the way, this is an excellent lake to fish for
large trout. This upper section can be accessed from the
Ham's Fork Road that follows most of the upper river.
Below Naughton Reservoir in its short tailwater section,
you can catch nice size browns and rainbow trout. This
section is bordered with lots of willow trees along the
undercut banks. It flows into Kemmerer Reservoir just a
short ways below the upper reservoir. This section has
plenty of large brown trout and plenty of places for them
to hide. Part of this section is on private property but
fishing access is available on a small fee pay basis. This
section is closed certain dates for spawning activity, so
be sure to check on the seasons. We should also
mention that Kemmerer Reservoir is another good lake
to fly fish for trout.
The tailwater below Kemmerer Reservoir has eight miles
of access provided by the state of Wyoming. Below that
section, it's a mixture of BLM land and private property.
The fish in this section range between 12 and 18 inches.
Access to the tailwater section is provided from state
highway #233. This section flows through an open
valley with meadows and plenty of long riffles and pools.
It has a higher population of brown trout than the upper
sections of the Ham's Fork River.
Fishing varies depending on the section
It is okay prior to the runoff.
Summertime is the best time for fly fishing the Ham's
Early Fall is the best time for the large brown trout in the
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