In addition to the lower section of the Middle Fork, anglers can fish the Middle Fork throughout Sinks Canyon (with the exception of a short well-marked stretch between the Sinks and the Rise). The canyon is all public land—part state park, part national forest—and is Lander’s prime recreation area with lots of climbing, hiking, biking and skiing options in addition to some really good fishing for brookies, brown, and rainbow trout.
What Makes It Great
Sinks Canyon, which is named for the river’s disappearance under the ground for a quarter of a mile, provides plenty of pull-offs and access points to the Middle Fork as you ascend, but the best place to start fishing is to go all the way up to Bruce’s Bridge (10.5 miles from town). Park your car in the parking lot and head downstream on the south side of the river. There’s a fisherman's trail that parallels the river.
Beware of the big granite boulders. They can be slippery and dangerous and avoid the river during spring runoff when it turns into a raging whitewater run.
Who is Going to Love It
A bouldery mountain stream, the Middle Fork features lots of deep holes and eddies in which to drop your fly or lure. Any angler is sure to love it.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
All anglers in Wyoming need a fishing license. Kids under 14 can fish for free, but nonresident youth must accompany an adult with a license. You can buy an annual or daily fishing license online at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website, from a WGFD office, or from licensed providers. In Lander, Wild Iris Mountain Sports, the Popo One Stop and the Good Place sell licenses. For information on Wyoming fishing regulations, go to: http://gf.state.wy.us/or call 307-332-2688.