05/10/2023

05/10/2023

Pinedale Area

Pinedale Area

Fishing report

Fishing report

Eric holding a trout

Angler: Eric

Author: Micah Allen

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Outlook

This past week was a bit of a roller coaster with flows on the Green and New Fork Rivers seeing our first significant spike in CFS, and the Bighorn has settled down some. Warmer weather at the beginning of the week shot the Green to just shy of 1,000 and the New Fork to about 880. It was chilly through the weekend again, which has now put a bit of a hold on the snow melt, but it is sure to kick back up when it warms up at the end of this week.

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Green River

CFS

Flies to try

Silverman’s Sparkle Work, Twenty Incher Stone, Emma’s Mod Maiden

The Green has seen a lot of change, most recently for the better. With a significant swing in flows this week, we saw a few tough days, but the water has dropped and cleared up, and we are in another window of opportunity. The end of the week is slated to warm up quite a bit again, which should kick runoff back into gear. Streamer and nymph fishing is still the ticket, as is expected, but we are seeing a few midges and BWOs coming off, so we might see some action on top soon.

CFS

Flies to try

Silverman’s Sparkle Work, Twenty Incher Stone, Emma’s Mod Maiden

New Fork River

CFS

Flies to try

Jig Squirmy Worm, Tung Jig Naughty Bunny, Pheasant Bugger

The New Fork saw a similar influx of water last week, but it is taking a bit longer to settle down with the cooler weather. The clarity isn’t great, but the fish have begun to eat a lot more. Big ugly nymphs and dense streamers that move a lot of water will be the winners. The water is still cold, so not much is happening on top just yet.

CFS

Flies to try

Jig Squirmy Worm, Tung Jig Naughty Bunny, Pheasant Bugger

Seedskadee

CFS

Flies to try

Duracell, Jig Zebra Midge, Jawbreaker Jig

The Green below Fontenelle has just seen its first large jump and is quite high right now. Wade fishing is inadvisable at this level, but not impossible. Stick to the edges and soft seams, and you should be able to find some fish. Large streamers and nymphs should do the job if you can fish them in slower water.

CFS

Flies to try

Duracell, Jig Zebra Midge, Jawbreaker Jig

Bighorn River

CFS

Flies to try

Pheasant tail, Booty’s DL Cripple BWO, Kiwi Zonker

Even with the slightly lower visibility on the river, the fishing has only improved. Nymphing has been a huge part of the success, but streamers also have their role. Buffalo Creek spiked and put some mud in the water, but even below it, there is still about two feet of visibility. BWOs are still hatching in force as the water warms up, but if the sun comes out, you’ll need to be on your A-Game.

CFS

Flies to try

Pheasant tail, Booty’s DL Cripple BWO, Kiwi Zonker

Author: Micah Allen

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