04/24/2023

04/24/2023

Pinedale Area

Pinedale Area

Fishing report

Fishing report

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Author: Micah Allen

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Outlook

While the Bighorn River in Thermopolis continues to fish well, the waters near Pinedale are opening more and more by the day. Most of the New Fork is open and fishable, but the Green River above Fontenelle is still locked up with ice. The slow melting of our drainage bodes well for our runoff, but we are certainly happy to have some water to fish. Another week should be enough to free up some of the Green near Daniel and further south, as we have a few days this week showing promise of spring-like weather.

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New Fork River

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Flies to try

Nemec Stone, Duracell, Mini-D&D

Some of the lower reaches are still difficult to access with snow and ice, but just about anything in the immediate Pinedale vicinity is fishable and fishing well! Nymphs are what most of the fish are eating, but small streamers in baby-brown trout colors can do well. Beware, many of these access points will require four-wheel drive as they can be pretty sloppy with the snow melt.

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Flies to try

Nemec Stone, Duracell, Mini-D&D

Seedskadee

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Flies to try

Hot Head Sow Bug, Zebra Midge, Mini-Dungeon

The Green below Fontenelle is fishing great in the areas that are accessible. There are still lots of areas blocked with larger snow drifts, but they are receding quickly. The water is slowly warming up, so the fish are naturally hungrier, but it’s still quality over quantity. Almost all the fishing is happening subsurface, as one would expect for this time of year, both nymphs and small streamers.

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Flies to try

Hot Head Sow Bug, Zebra Midge, Mini-Dungeon

Bighorn River

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Flies to try

Bead-Body Scud, WD-40, Parachute BWO

Even with slightly higher than usual flows, the fishing hasn’t slowed down much. With the rise of overall water temperatures, fish have also begun to look up to the BWO’s and small midges hatching. Nymphs and small dries are getting it done, but the fish are still picky, so be on your A-game.

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Flies to try

Bead-Body Scud, WD-40, Parachute BWO

Author: Micah Allen

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