03/21/2023

03/21/2023

Pinedale Area

Pinedale Area

Fishing report

Fishing report

Early season fishing bounty on the drift boat

Author: Micah Allen

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Outlook

Well, it's a new year, and Two Rivers Fishing Company is gearing up to open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 1st, and we couldn't be more excited! The snowpack is healthy and well above 100% of average for the drainage. We're looking forward to an incredible season of fishing. While the Green above Fontenelle Reservoir and the New Fork Rivers are still frozen, our guides and staff have continued to have productive days on both the Bighorn River in Thermopolis and the Green below Fontanelle. As is characteristic of spring fishing, most of the action is coming from small bugs and streamers.

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Seedskadee

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Flies to try

Hot Head Sow Bug, Zebra Midge, Mini-Dungeon

Access is still difficult due to high snow quantities on roads and at access points anywhere below the dam area. Wade fishing is sporadically doable, but the Seedskadee Wildlife Refuge is no longer plowing the roads, so take any risk upon yourself. Fishing below Fontenelle, however, is often fantastic this time of year. Nymph and streamer tactics can yield large browns, but the rainbows are usually spawning down there this time of year, so steer clear of any obvious redds.

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Flies to try

Hot Head Sow Bug, Zebra Midge, Mini-Dungeon

Bighorn River

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Flies to try

Beadless Scud, Manhattan Midge, Koffee's Sparkle Minnow

Thermopolis is quite a bit warmer than here in Pinedale, and the fish are active! Most of the activity happens in the afternoon when the water warms up a bit, but you can convince fish to eat all throughout the day. Most of what is working are simple nymphs like beadless sow bugs and plain midges. Dark and sparkly small to medium streamers have also been very productive. While there have been small midge hatches, the water hasn't quite warmed up enough to entice many fish to look up, but it's close. As soon as the water warms up a few more degrees on average, expect BWO's and midges on top and fish to show interest.

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Flies to try

Beadless Scud, Manhattan Midge, Koffee's Sparkle Minnow

Author: Micah Allen

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