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Salt River - Etna - Wyoming

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Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Mid-day 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Stoneflies Late Morning 6-10 Pat's Rubber Legs, Stimulator
February Midges Mid-day 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Stoneflies Late Morning 6-10 Pat's Rubber Legs, Stimulator
March Midges Mid-day 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Blue Winged Olives Late Morning to Afternoon 16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry Fly
April Blue Winged Olives Late Morning to Afternoon 16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry Fly
Caddis Late Morning to Evening 12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
May Salmonflies Morning to Afternoon 4-8 Stimulator, Sofa Pillow
Caddis Late Morning to Evening 12-16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
June Yellow Sallies Afternoon to Evening 12-16 Yellow Sally Dry Fly, Little Yellow Sally Nymph
Green Drakes Afternoon to Evening 8-12 Green Drake Cripple, Green Drake Dun
July Green Drakes Afternoon to Evening 8-12 Green Drake Cripple, Green Drake Dun
PMDs Afternoon 14-18 PMD Dries, PMD Emergers
August Hoppers Morning to Afternoon 8-12 Dave's Hopper, Elk Hair Hopper
PMDs Afternoon 14-18 PMD Dries, PMD Emergers
September Hoppers Morning to Afternoon 8-12 Dave's Hopper, Elk Hair Hopper
Blue Winged Olives Late Morning to Afternoon 16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry Fly
October Midges Mid-day 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Blue Winged Olives Late Morning to Afternoon 16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry Fly
November Midges Mid-day 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Stoneflies Late Morning 6-10 Pat's Rubber Legs, Stimulator
December Midges Mid-day 18-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Stoneflies Late Morning 6-10 Pat's Rubber Legs, Stimulator

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice, the Salt River in Etna hosts several prime locations for fly fishing, such as:
  • Ferry Landing: This site offers easy access and ample fishing opportunities. The gravel bars in this area often house aggressive trout.
  • Mosquito Lagoon: Named for the insects that frequent the area, the waterfront is tranquil and teeming with various fish species.
  • The Narrows: This spot is located between the Double R Ranch and the Cottonwood Hole, a tightly squeezed stretch of water that shelters large, hardy fish.
  • Cottonwood Hole: Stalk Cutthroat trout hiding beneath overhanging branches and slowdowns or wet a line in the faster riffles for Rainbow trout here.
  • Deadman’s Bend: The waters around this hook-shaped bend are rich with Brown and Rainbow trout, making this a popular spot for local anglers.

Best Access Points

The Salt River in Etna provides several ideal access points for fly fishing. Some of the best include:

  • Bridge at State Road 150: Offers extensive stretches of river on both sides. The best spot for trout fishing.
  • Crow Creek: Provides anglers with easy access and a variety of fish species.
  • Etna Rest Stop: An idyllic spot for river fishing. Flows are generally slower here, attracting a lot of fish.
  • Double Camp: Nestled between towering mountains, offering beautiful vistas as you fish.

Keep in mind, fly fishing in the Salt River can be challenging due to changing water levels and vigorous currents. However, the stunning surrounds and populous fish make it worth the effort for any committed angler.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: This species is a popular target among fly fishermen due to their beautiful colors and challenging catch.
  • Rainbow Trout: Offering a great fighting spirit, this species is definitely a top target on the Salt River.
  • Brook Trout: Known for their stunning body markings and taste, Brook Trout are a fly fisher’s delight.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Named for the reddish slash across their lower gills, Cutthroat Trout is the only species native to the Salt River.
  • Whitefish: Mountain whitefish are agility swimmer. These bottom feeders provide ample sport for fly fishers.
  • Pike: Pike are another major species targeted by anglers in the Salt River, known for their aggressive behavior and large sizes.
  • Grayling: Native to the region, Grayling are characterized by their shiny, silver bodies and sail-like dorsal fins.
  • Sturgeon: Despite their size and fighting prowess, Sturgeon are less commonly targeted due to strict catch-and-release regulations.

About The River

The Salt River in Etna, is draped in a rich tapestry of history. Originating from the pristine mountains of Etna, Wyoming, it’s a tributary of the mighty Snake River. Considered a classic western freestone river, it’s graced by picturesque landscapes that have been charming visitors for generations.

  • Historically, it was an important water source for the Shoshone tribe, who named it ‘Sago’ meaning “stream”.
  • In the early 19th century, the famed explorer John C. Fremont identified the river, marking it out in the maps for the world to behold.
  • It witnessed dynamic industrial growth as its banks became bustles of activity following the discovery of phosphate deposits in the 20th century.

Driven by each new flow, the Salt River with its history and natural beauty, continues to beckon adventure seekers and nature lovers alike.

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