06/07/2024

06/07/2024

Pinedale Area

Pinedale Area

Fishing report

Fishing report

Grayson with big fish

Angler: Grayson

Author: Micah Allen

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Outlook

The rivers are high, and the water is dark, but that doesn’t stop us from putting fish in the net. This time of year can be very productive if you’re fishing the right areas and the right techniques. We are seeing more and more big bugs flying around, and lots of food is being moved into the fishery. The ticket is still nymphs and streamers, but we suspect that will change in the next few weeks when the fish start finding the insects on the surface.

Rivers

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Green River

CFS

Flies to try

Zirdle, Drunk and Disorderly, San Juan Worm

The Green has seen water levels hit official runoff levels. More sightings of larger stone fly adults flying around have been reported; the fish just need to look up and find them once the water clears up a bit. Until then, expect heavy nymph rigs with lots of length and weight to work, as well as some larger streamers. The fish must eat, so anything that they can see that looks like protein they’ll eat.

CFS

Flies to try

Zirdle, Drunk and Disorderly, San Juan Worm

New Fork River

CFS

Flies to try

Twisted Worm, Jig Squirmy Worm, Nemec Stone

The New Fork has risen dramatically in the past week, exceeding 3,000CFS. While fishing a river in this condition can feel intimidating, it’s doable with the right approach. Fish will sit in softer water in eddies and soft edges and will be eating. Worms are the primary diet of trout when the water is this high, and they will act on other larger, visible proteins.

CFS

Flies to try

Twisted Worm, Jig Squirmy Worm, Nemec Stone

Seedskadee

CFS

Flies to try

Scud, Disco Midge, Balanced Leech

The Green below Fontenelle is still holding steady as the reservoir fills up, so fishing has been extraordinarily consistent. Small midges and shrimp work well, as do small leeches and streamers. The water further south likely won’t begin to rise for a week or two, as there is plenty snow in the mountains left to melt.

CFS

Flies to try

Scud, Disco Midge, Balanced Leech

Bighorn River

CFS

Flies to try

BH Sow Bug, HH Wooly Bugger, Chubby Chernobyl

The Bighorn River near Thermopolis has seen steady rises in discharge this week, somewhat stunning the fish. The next day or so, as water levels stabilize, should see fishing productivity go up. We have seen more small mayflies hatching and some larger bugs that should come into play in the next week during sunny days.

CFS

Flies to try

BH Sow Bug, HH Wooly Bugger, Chubby Chernobyl

Author: Micah Allen

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