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X-Stream Angler program offers new fishing challenge


Now in its fourth year Wyoming’s X-Stream Angler program is drawing interest from anglers who like stream fishing and are looking to try their skill on some of the dozens of instream flow river and stream segments found throughout Wyoming.

Regardless of what part of the state anglers are fishing, chances are that a stream with an instream flow water right will be relatively close. An instream flow water right is like a regular water right except it specifies that a defined amount of water is protected in the stream and does not need to be removed to show that the water is being used. To date there are over 130 segments scattered throughout the state. Many streams with instream flow rights are found within the Bridger-Teton, Medicine Bow, Shoshone and Bighorn National Forests. There is also a segment in the Black Hills National Forest and a number of segments on Bureau of Land Management lands.

Qualifying for X-Stream Angler recognition is fairly simple. The closeness of instream flow waters to many Wyoming towns often makes it possible to fulfill the requirements in a day or two or on the same fishing trip. To become an X-Stream angler, simply fish three stream segments with instream flow water rights, submit a photo of the angler fishing the segment and send in an application. An added bonus is that many of the instream segments are also found in the native range of Wyoming’s four cutthroat subspecies. This makes it possible for anglers to fill the requirements for their Cutt-Slam and X-Stream angler certification on the same trip.

To learn more about instream flow water rights and the X-Stream Angler Program, visit Game and Fish’s instream flow website at Here you will also find an interactive map showing the location of all instream flow segments and directions for how to get there. Anglers fishing three segments will receive a poplin baseball cap with the program logo. Or if they fish seven of the stream segments Game and Fish will send them an oil-cloth cap.

Thanks to a law created in 1986, Wyoming has 130 stream segments throughout the state with protected flows. Tom Annear, water management supervisor for the Game and Fish, led the effort to create the X-Stream Angler program as a way to create awareness of the law and places where the law has been used to protect important stream fisheries, “Securing needed flow on these streams under Wyoming’s existing water law is one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain important habitat for native cutthroat trout and other fish and provide angling opportunities for future generations,” Annear said.

 Anglers wanting additional information on any of the waters in the program can call Annear at 307- 777-4555.


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