Fremont Canyon is one of Wyoming’s (somewhat) best kept secrets and is the perfect location if you are looking for a spectacular backdrop for some of the best trout fishing in the region.
Fremont Canyon was named after General John C. Fremont after he came to explore the canyon in the mid 1800’s. On August 24, 1842, Fremont attempted to navigate the canyon by boat. Ultimately, the boat capsized, and all provisions were lost, which forced him and his men to make their way to St. Louis on foot. This is a great segway to mention that Fremont Canyon is only accessible by foot, which makes it a great experience for any angler who is up for a little bit of challenge and adventure.
The views and fishing aside, another spectacle of Fremont Canyon is the rock climbers. As you drive over the bridge of the canyon, you may see rock climbers rappelling down the canyon’s 200-to-500-foot walls, and often many of them are fishing while they are doing it. Once you continue over the bridge, you will run into Cardwell Access Area. Here is where you are able to park your vehicle and start the short walk down to the meadow.
This unobstructed access to the river is a great place to get your casting in order without having to worry about the dreaded back cast snag. From here you will see the mouth of the canyon. When flows are around 75 cfs (which is typical for this stretch), you are able to cross the river and enter into the canyon. There is some rock hopping involved, so be sure to have proper footwear. The more you hop back into the canyon, the less pressure those fish have had, which can make for some very productive days. This stretch is typically nymphed, but there is some dry fly opportunity in the early mornings and late evenings.
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Travel to the Agua Negra Camp is a remote yet luxurious tent camp/lodge perched on a bluff overlooking the Secure River. Roughly 100 yards away is the small native village of Agua Negra, which makes this camp by far the most culturally rich of the Tsimane experiences. Here anglers will enjoy very comfortable double occupancy safari tents with attached baths as well as the comfort of the main lodge building where drinks and meals are served. The fishing will be done on the main Secure as well as on the Agua Negra River. The Agua Negra is smaller and offers not only big dorado but the region’s most forgiving terrain as well as the greatest diversity of species including large pacu, pira pita and the elusive striped catfish known as surubi.
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