04/20/2024

04/20/2024

Pinedale Area

Pinedale Area

Fishing report

Fishing report

Early season wade fishing

Guide: Joe Holland

Author: Micah Allen

Alert: Fish are spawning. Avoid disturbing redds.

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Outlook

Alert: Fish are spawning. Avoid disturbing redds.

Over the last few weeks, most of the ice has gone from the edges of the rivers, and fish are only becoming more and more active. Along with the warmer days we expect a larger influx of dry fly fishing opportunity as well. Our snowpack is still holding firm, so fingers crossed for a healthy runoff this season! Cutthroat and rainbow are spawning so be careful not to disturb the redds or target spawning fish!

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Green River

CFS

Flies to try

Balanced Sculpin, Squirmy Worm, Galloup’s Jig BWO

Lots of the Green has opened up recently, especially south of Daniel, with most ice dams breaking up. North of Daniel toward Warren Bridge, however, is open in the middle but still struggling to lose the ice along the edges. Furthermore, the Warren Bridge access road is only snow-free for a few miles, while the upper Green is still completely covered.

CFS

Flies to try

Balanced Sculpin, Squirmy Worm, Galloup’s Jig BWO

New Fork River

CFS

Flies to try

Batman Nymph, Micro Dungeon, Parachute BWO

The New Fork has been fishing well on nicer days with the occasional small BWO hatch. Most of the fishing is still, as expected, subsurface. Nymphs have been more productive than streamers, likely due to cold water, but occasionally, you’ll have a trout go after a bigger snack.

CFS

Flies to try

Batman Nymph, Micro Dungeon, Parachute BWO

Seedskadee

CFS

Flies to try

Spot-On Egg, Ray Charles, Sparkle Minnow

The Green below the Fontenelle Dam has had some incredible days recently, mostly near the bottom of deeper runs. With Rainbows and Cutthroat spawning, it is crucial to be mindful of shallower flats and steer clear of any fish on Redds. Streamer and nymph fishing, with the occasional midge or BWO hatch has been the ticket.

CFS

Flies to try

Spot-On Egg, Ray Charles, Sparkle Minnow

Bighorn River

CFS

Flies to try

Bead Body Scud, HH Sow Bug, Burchell Midge

Even with the recent changes in flow on the Bighorn, the fishing hasn’t suffered. Fish are finally finding the Blue Wings when they hatch on a calm day, and in the meantime are feasting on sow bugs and midges below. Similarly to the Green, rainbows and cuts are starting to spawn so be careful not to step on their toes. Any deep run is going to be stacked with fish, so posting up and finding a pod of hungry trout is a preferred tactic.

CFS

Flies to try

Bead Body Scud, HH Sow Bug, Burchell Midge

Author: Micah Allen

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