06/20/2023

06/20/2023

Pinedale Area

Pinedale Area

Fishing report

Fishing report

Casey with a monster lake trout

Author: Micah Allen

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Outlook

It feels like it’s been a year, but it finally looks like the constant rain is subsiding and dry fly fishing is upon us! Whispers of large stone flies hatching have become more commonly confirmed sightings, and now fish are consistently eating big foam on top of the Green and New Fork Rivers. The Bighorn is still fishing well with streamers, and with the large output at Fontenelle Dam, nymphs are still the best bet.

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Green River

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Flies to try

Chubby Chernobyl, On-Point Para Wulff, Epoxy Back Stone

The Green has really picked up in terms of numbers and size of fish, especially on top. During certain hours throughout the day, the fish have been finding large groups of blue-winged olives and are keyed on top. Even though the numbers of large stones and salmon flies are still relatively low, it isn’t too difficult to coax the trout into eating a big foam attractor.

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Flies to try

Chubby Chernobyl, On-Point Para Wulff, Epoxy Back Stone

New Fork River

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Flies to try

Water Walker, Duracell, Missing Link

The New Fork has calmed down considerably in the past few days, and more and more bugs are hatching by the day. We have seen salmon flies on several occasions, and large golden stones are out and about. Caddis also seem to be making a sporadic appearance on the upper reaches toward Pinedale. Nymphs are also very productive, with a downturn in worm effectiveness.

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Flies to try

Water Walker, Duracell, Missing Link

Seedskadee

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Flies to try

Hot Head Sow Bug, 3D Chironomid, Hot Cone Wooly Bugger

The Green below Fontenelle is still roaring, but the clarity is good and small nymph rigs are key. Getting down to the fish is the hard part, so focus on slacked pools and slow eddies. They are hungry, and the best way to target them is certainly by boat.

CFS

Flies to try

Hot Head Sow Bug, 3D Chironomid, Hot Cone Wooly Bugger

Bighorn River

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Flies to try

Cactus Wooly, Maldo’s PMD, Crazy-Dad

The Bighorn’s clarity has been constantly improving, even while they release substantial amounts of water from the dam. The streamer is king in the stretches through Thermopolis, but fish are also responding to dries and even crayfish patterns. As the water warms up over the next several days, fishing will improve, especially on top.

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Flies to try

Cactus Wooly, Maldo’s PMD, Crazy-Dad

Author: Micah Allen

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