Pinedale has officially started Spring (grass is almost green), but that doesn’t mean the fishing is off. If you know where to go, how to fish the water, and what flies to throw the fishing has been great! Runoff has begun to hit most of the streams and river sections, but TRFC has a few options that can offer major rewards for those willing to take an early season fishing trip. Every year some of the biggest fish come to the net in May so call us up and we’ll talk over options for a guided trip-you may be surprised at what we have to offer. Don’t forget, we’re running a May special on all trips, so take advantage of this great deal and book your trip!
The Green River has been running dirty all week. The clarity on this river is very limited and consequently the fishing has been tough. The Upper Green on the Forest boundary has been fishing okay, but the road is still closed near the parking lot. Be safe if you travel up there-remember there’s no cell service, so if you get stuck you’re walking out. We will be watching this river closely so call the shop or check back on the website for an up-to-date report as this river will be changing a lot in May and June. Best options for flies are big ugly streamers in black, white or yellow.
New Fork River
This river has held on during the low-level snow melt and continues to offer clear, fish-able water. We have been utilizing this river during the last few weeks as the Green has been rising, and our clients are catching fish. The fishing has been hot and cold during the day with our fluctuating weather, but we are still putting nice fish in the net every trip out. Best flies for the river are streamers such as anything from Galloup’s articulated lineup in black, white, yellow or green. Fishing the San Juan Worm has been working too. Not much in the way of dry fly action yet, but under the surface we are finding them. We have a few new worm patterns that have been hot this weekend, so stop by the shop and check them out.
This river is a great option for early season fishing. The flows have held the last few days and the fishing has been good. Most anglers fish under the surface on this tailwater with scuds, midges, worms and leeches. The fishing has been really good below the dam and when the wind dies down some dry fly action has been fun! Streamers work this time of the year, so make sure you chuck them too if the fishing slows down. A sink-tip line is your best bet right now. The flows will probably bump in the next few weeks, so come fish this window of opportunity during the month of May.
Soda Lake has survived the first week of craziness. The fishing has been good with leeches, scuds and buggers. Use a sinking line to get below the surface a little and fish the depth changes. Fish will cruise the shallows so be careful when wading into the lake. We have a few guides that have this trophy lake dialed in, so if you need a day learning stillwater fishing techniques give us a call. Mid-week is the best time to fish due to the limited number of fishermen. Early morning starts, mid-day Soda Lake feeding time, and late evening offer some of the best times to catch a true trophy brown trout or brook trout. TRFC has a few balanced leeches and buggers that produce big fish on Soda Lake.
Access Issues and Closures
The Forest section of the Upper Green is still closed due to snow pack.
Seedskadee: Flows at Fontenelle are 2010
New Gear: TRFC got some new rods in this week. We have a casting area behind the shop if you want to try casting some of these new beauties.
Fly of the Week: Leeches! Lots of colors have been working- try them all, especially up at Soda!
Float of the Week: The New Fork is still fishing great for floats, but don’t write off lakes-Boulder and Soda are producing big fish.
Hot off the press: Two Rivers Fishing Company opened the doors at their new location last weekend in Pinedale. Come check out the new shop. We are located on Pine (main) Street across from the old Two Rivers Emporium.
Rods and Reels: The new fly rods at TRFC will fit anyone’s needs and budget. We have the Sage X rods in and the Winston BIIIX. Both these rods are top of the line and make casting to early season wily trout feel like cheating.
Street Eats: Hit up Old Stone’s Pizza on the west end of town! Wings, pizza and some solid cookies!
As always, pop in the shop and check out the largest selection of flies in Sublette County, and get the most up-to-date fishing conditions firsthand.